Poll: Two-thirds of Quebecers call Maple Leaf flag source of 'personal or collective pride'

Posted By: Canadian Press · 11/28/2012 4:22:00 AM

A new poll on Quebecers' attitudes toward the Canadian flag is being released today as the Parti Quebecois government tries to remove the Maple Leaf from the legislature.

The online poll was commissioned by the Association for Canadian studies.

It suggests the flag the P-Q government is attempting to remove is a source of personal or collective pride for  two-thirds of Quebecers.

Jack Jedwab, the association's executive director, believes the three-month-old minority government is using the flag dispute as a way to appease the party's hardline sovereigntist base.

The Leger Marketing survey polled about 22-hundred respondents, including more than 650 in Quebec.

Premier Pauline Marois' minority government is scheduled to hold a vote on whether to officially remove the flag from the legislature's upper chamber.

But the P-Q proposal appears headed for defeat, with the two main opposition parties signalling their intention to vote against it.

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