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Canadians in the Dark on Country’s Cultural Icons

June 29, 2009 6:23 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Terry Fox - Celine Dion

A new study has found that Canadians need to brush up on knowing who their cultural icons are.

Only four out of 10 Canadians could identify the face of Sir John A. Macdonald, even when they see his face regularly on the $10 bill.

However, more mainstream names like Terry Fox and Celine Dion were easier to put faces to, as almost 90 percent of those surveyed had no problem identifying either one. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was only recognized by 77 percent of people.

Manitoba’s own hero, Metis leader Louis Riel, was only named by 27 percent of those who took the survey.

As for our Governor General, Michaelle Jean‘s face was 50 percent identifiable by participants.

Results were conducted by Ipsos-Reid and asked 1,000 Canadians to match names with faces in an online poll on behalf of the Dominion Institute.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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