Canadian environmentalist and activist David Suzuki (seen here in 2006).

David Suzuki most ‘admired’ Canadian; Rick Hansen second

Peter Mansbridge and Margaret Atwood also placed high, while Mike Duffy, Conrad Black, and John Furlong scraped the bottom.



Long-time environmentalist David Suzuki is the most admired Canadian – by Canadians – according to a new poll by Angus Reid Global.

57 per cent of those surveyed said they admired Suzuki, who topped British Columbian paralympian Rick Hansen (50 per cent), Peter Mansbridge (48 per cent), and Margaret Atwood (34 per cent). Bringing up the rear – as the least admired Canadians – are recently embattled Canadian senator Mike Duffy (four per cent), once-jailed media mogul Conrad Black (five per cent), and former VANOC head John Furlong (six per cent), who has been fighting off allegations of sexual abuse of Aboriginal students when Furlong taught in Burns Lake, B.C.

Without topping the list, prominent Canadian politicians managed to poll respective numbers.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau led all federal political part leader with 34 per cent admiration, followed by Prime Minister and Conservative leader Stephen Harper (23 per cent) Green Party leader Elizabeth May (22 per cent) and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair (20 per cent).

May was also among the “least known Canadians”. In that list, May finished with 29 per cent, tying her with Belinda Stronach. Stephen Lewis ranked high in the unknown category with 51 per cent.

John Furlong was also one of the least known Canadians, with 63 per cent.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension faces potential delays due to COVID-19

Pandemic ‘adversely’ impacting TransLink’s finances; ‘much work’ required to approve next investment plan

SIMPSON: For real leadership amid crisis, look west of Scott Road

Delta council, under direction of Mayor George Harvie, defines leadership during pandemic

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at Peace Arch Park ‘oasis’

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Cloverdale businessman funds wells in Cambodia

Revive Washing in Clayton Heights donates three per cent of profits to charity

Cloverdale youth pastor’s sexual-assault sentencing delayed

Samuel Emerson due to return to Surrey Provincial Court in August

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

VIDEO: Police look for suspect seen tripping elderly woman in Burnaby

The elderly woman was walking near the SkyTrain station when she was randomly tripped

Chilliwack teachers, assistants concerned with lack of PPE guidelines ahead of school reopening

As schools get ready to open, many worry measures won’t be enough to protect students from COVID-19

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

Most Read