Atlantic Canadians value freedom of speech, respect for people with disabilites: poll

Published on June 15, 2017


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A poll looking into which core values Atlantic Canadians think reflect the identity of Canada has found those on the East Coast value respect for those with disabilities and freedom of speech.

Three months after discovering that two-thirds of Atlantic Canadians support the federal government screening potential immigrants for Canadian values before allowing them into the country, Corporate Research Associates Inc. conducted further research with the general public to identify which core values Atlantic Canadians agree are most representative of the Canadian identity.

In terms of ‘complete’ agreement, which is the strongest opinion on the subject, respect for those with disabilities (69 per cent) and freedom of speech (63 per cent) are the highest ranked core values representing the identity of Canadians. While there is a high degree of agreement that bilingualism is a core Canadian value, it is the lowest ranked of the nine values evaluated in terms of ‘complete’ agreement (31 per cent).

“The list may not be complete, but these nine values are a good basis for defining the identity of Canadians,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Perhaps this research will lead to further discussion of the values used to define Canadians.”

The nine values measured in this study were freedom of speech, respect for those with disabilities, freedom of religion, gender equality, respect for cultural differences, democracy, freedom of assembly or association, support for those economically disadvantaged, and bilingualism.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 1,511 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from May 4 to June 1, with overall results accurate to within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.