Some things are not surprising.
As someone who has a great deal of respect for David Suzuki myself, I can't say I'm terribly surprised that a recent Angus Reid Global poll found he is the most respected person in Canada.
On the other hand, it's beyond surprising that Senator Mike Duffy is apparently respected by four per cent of Canadians. It blows me away that the former Parliament Hill television blowhard whom history may prove to have single-handedly destroyed Canada's Upper House with his self-serving financial porkery registered any respect at all in the survey.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was significantly over-rated at 23 per cent, while Rick Hansen garnered only twice that much respect.
Although, I profess a certain amount of humble pride in the revelation that my province of birth and habitation, British Columbia, is outdone by only the Maritimes in lack of prime ministerial respect (67 per cent of us don't have much use for Harper, while Maritimers despise him to the tune of 76 per cent), and we outshine all the other provinces in admiration for Hansen (76 per cent respect in B.C., compared to 61 per cent in Alberta).
Interestingly, across the country, all of Canada's political party leaders floated between 20 and 23 percentage points of respect. So... should I be surprised, as I look around at the state of things, that the leaders and wannabe leaders of our country (once one of the most respected countries in the world) can't seem to earn the respect of one in four of us?
I wonder if David Suzuki would consider a run at the prime minster's office? Or could his respect level take the resultant nose-dive? Or could someone like Conrad Black (who gathered in a shocking five per cent respect rating) actually gain from taking his arrogance and questionable dealings into the political arena? There was another, somewhat interesting dimension to the Angus Reid poll - not so much interesting in terms of the results, as in that the question would be asked and a reputable polling company would put stock in the results.
The survey determined that John Furlong was "among the least known Canadians."
Seriously? I get that he garners little respect (17 per cent in B.C., and only six per cent throughout Canada). After all, he's a guy who, along with a bunch of others, wasted a lot of money in British Columbia in 2010, when most Canadians would have wished him to have wasted it in their provinces instead.
But least known? Six per cent of 35 million equals somewhat more than two million Canadians who would recognize John Furlong by name.
Seriously, folks, I can admit to a pretty swelled head from time to time, but I'm willing to bet that, if you dropped my name all the way across Canada, somewhat less than six per cent of the people you come across will recognize it.
Raise your hand if you honestly believe more than two million people know who you are... I understand there's a movement afoot to re-open Riverview for you.
What sets John Furlong among the "least known" Canadians is the absence of my name and yours on the survey list.
It's just like I'm never picked as the "sexiest man alive" when they put that question to the masses - only because they never put my name on the list.
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