A new global poll ranks Canada second out of 25 countries in terms of people’s favourite countries, largely due to a widespread perception of what have become beloved Canadian stereotypes:
Unlike the United States, which ranked in at the 11th position, Canada’s government was seen as neutral. The majority of those polled also described the government as trustworthy, Anholt said.
Canada also ranked second in categories including investment, immigration, and people. It placed third in the hospitality category.
“With a stable, liberal and democratic government and a healthcare system envied by its neighbours — justified or not — Canada is clearly a strong brand that goes beyond the borders of its hemisphere,” Anholt said.
That’s all very well and good, and will be taken as further evidence that our policy of hoping that nobody will attack us cause we’re so nice to everyone and don’t take any stands is working.
However, it’s worth pointing out that the #1 ranked country – Australia – is an ally of Bush and Blair in Iraq and has taken a much firmer position in the War on Terror than Canada… and people like the Aussies anyway.
By the way, the survey also found that Canada has no culture… and based this on the fact that people don’t recognize us for hockey or Sarah McLachlin. Um, since when is Canadian culture defined by Sarah MacLachlin???