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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  1. Pauline Harper posted on 11/28/2012 05:39 AM
    The flag can be removed when quebec becomes a country which will be NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Rudolph S posted on 11/30/2012 07:31 PM
      @Pauline Harper CANADIANS ,Businesmen display a Canadian Flag in your place of Business, Citizen, display the Canadian Flag on your homes, your Cars and everywhere else where it can be seen. Show that Marois Women, that this is still Canada and Quebec is a minority in this Country and profits greatly from it. It is also hightime, that Mr. Harper finally lets them know who is the boss. Don't get pushed around by Marois, her reign in Quebec will be an insignificant blip in the global picture of Canadian History. I AM PROUD TO BE CANADIAN
  2. don thomson posted on 11/28/2012 06:39 AM
    It is disgusting and disrespectful to all canadians to even imply removing the flag. My father fought for this country not just this province. D Thomson
  3. Ttfn posted on 11/28/2012 06:45 AM
    Let them remove the flag and we can remove federal funding. Pq hold be outlawed in Canada
  4. cordworn45 posted on 11/28/2012 07:07 AM
    Sovreigntists take note...Resistance is futile.....you WILL be assimilated !
  5. betts posted on 11/28/2012 07:28 AM
    I can't believe this province. How much of our tax dollars are being put into this? Also how much money is it costing us to keep bill 101 going and to revamp it? Television stations should actually have ads showing how much of our money is being put into these stupidities. Then they should show what would happen should that same amont of money be allocated to hospitals and schools etc. Show people visually the benefits of having this money put toward important things rather than idiotic places. Something like this should air in both French and English stations. I am sure health care and education is important to most people on both sides. The media should rise up and get the message across. I am sure some private sectors wouldn't mind being solicited to support an ad like this.
  6. jorge posted on 11/28/2012 08:34 AM
    For all the people of Quebec who want the flag gone shame on you. Just remember if you want to be sovereign then fine but we will take you over and eliminate your French.
  7. myles cowperthwaite posted on 11/28/2012 09:00 AM
    The ECONOMY is SLOWING ... Concentrate & Focus on the Economy.
    No more distractions !!!
  8. myles cowperthwaite posted on 11/28/2012 09:18 AM
    That's alright FOLKS!!! If the initiative FAILS, the PQ can always continue to SHOP at MAL-WART !!!
  9. Carahallie posted on 11/28/2012 09:39 AM
    If you don't like the flag, I am sure we could raise money for your bus ticket outa here.
  10. J Murphy posted on 11/28/2012 10:12 AM
    Canada is a free and democratic Country they can remove our National flag if they want but the next time some deface the Flag of the province of Quebec flag they better not complain freedom goes both ways
  11. lee posted on 11/28/2012 10:29 AM
    wow,if i had a dime for every time i wanted to scream out loud .....i hate quebec.......i would be rich,and if i were rich.i would build a wall around that awful place,paint it green and call it a day....ah that felt better...have a nice day
  12. Kathy posted on 11/28/2012 10:44 AM
    This is truly disgraceful. I was born in Quebec, but I never thought I would see the day when a province would be allowed to distance itself to this extent from the rest of the country. By any other country's standard, this would be considered treason and I am discouraged by the fact that our Federal gov't would allow this.

    Enough of this pandering to a select few....it is time for our government to stand up for Canada!
  13. Darryl Kesslar posted on 11/28/2012 11:04 AM
    Why govern and lead when you can distract and incite? Cynical and annoying.
  14. Silva posted on 11/28/2012 11:05 AM
    Very simple: No Canadian Flag no Canadian $$$$$
  15. H.R.Keene posted on 11/28/2012 11:14 AM
    Quebec is eventually going to depart from Canada, so I say, "the sooner the better." Let them enjoy their self-inflicted fiscal difficulties. The rest of Canada should start very firm in letting them GO IT ALONE.
  16. william posted on 11/28/2012 11:14 AM
    Why do we put up with this province. Other people who do things like breaking up the country, are arrested and put in jail, then tried for treason. enough of this degrading our government. Mr Haper, put a stop to these action now and start moving our government buildings out Quebec right away. When this is done make sure the people who will be staff these building do not leave or come from Quebec.
    People complain about how people get treated....well they are bring these action to them selves. Enough is enough, time for the Federal Governmentof Canada to stop this province, and stop giving the larger pay outs to this province. Make them much more accountalbe for them selves
    1. Jenny posted on 11/28/2012 03:05 PM
      @william HERE HER!!!!!
    2. sk posted on 11/28/2012 04:27 PM
      @william holly spellcheck needed batman
  17. silvio posted on 11/30/2012 03:36 PM
    i live in Montreal and am against the PQ but as i read most comments they are not better than what the PQ is doing.Has the rest of Canada been dumbed down like most seperatists?If any outside or within Quebec would realize the PQ can never win because the majority of voters againts seperation are actually of french decent.
    But if it should happen Canada make space for me cause im moving.
    Born a Canadian citizen from Montreal Quebec so dont forget we exist.
  18. Rudolph S posted on 11/30/2012 07:15 PM
    PAULIN MAROIS, keep your %^##=@!^ing Fingers off our Flag. I hope,the Liberals will not betray Canadians again like with the Budget vote wenn it comes to vote for this obscene proposal from the PQ. Or was the Liberal Budge Vote the revenge for not voting for them during the last election ? (I will not throw my Mebership Card into the Recycle Bin yet... but I took it out of my valet...)
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