Ipsos Reid

Ipsos Reid

March 24, 2007 06:00 ET

79% Want Current & Historic Canadian Flags Flown

At Vimy Ridge 90th Anniversary Ceremony

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2007) - A poll conducted by Ipsos Reid for the Dominion Institute shows that a full majority of Canadians (79%) support flying both the modern day Canadian Maple Leaf flag and previous "Red Ensign" Canadian flag at the Vimy Ridge 90th anniversary ceremony that will be taking place on April 9, 2007.

The most famous battle fought by Canadians in World War I was at a place called Vimy Ridge in France where a very large monument owned and operated by the Canadian federal government now exists.

Canadian government protocol allows no other flag than the Maple Leaf to fly on federal monuments. Various groups have called on the Conservative government to override the protocol and allow both the current Maple Leaf and historic Red Ensign - the flag Canadian troops fought under in World War I - fly together at the ceremony.

In 1917, the Canadian Red Ensign flag was a red flag with the British Union Jack in the top left corner and the coats of arms of the four original provinces. In 1964, Canada's flag was changed to today's Maple Leaf flag.

The Atlantic provinces (89%) are significantly more likely to support flying both flags at Vimy Ridge than most of the other provinces. Those from BC (81%) also show strong support for flying both flags, while Alberta (76%) and Quebec (76%) show slightly less. (See release for tables.)

Question: Do you support or oppose the two flags flying together for this occasion?
Groups who also say they support flying the flags together include:

* Young Canadians 18-34 are more likely to support than older Canadians 55+ (82% versus 77%)
* Females (81%) are more likely to support flying both flags than males (76%)
* Rural Canadians (82%) are more likely than Urban Canadians (78%)

These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey fielded from March 20th to 22nd, 2007. For the survey, a representative randomly selected sample of 1,000 adult Canadians were interviewed via an on-line survey. With a sample of this size, the aggregate results are considered accurate to within ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult Canadian population been polled. The margin of error will be larger within each sub-grouping of the survey population. These data were weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual Canadian population according to Census data.


For more information on this news release, please contact:

John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Reid Public Affairs

(416) 324-2900

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