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Admired Canadians: David Suzuki Tops Poll, Mike Duffy Comes In Last

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Environmentalist David Suzuki is the most admired Canadian, according to a poll from Angus Reid Global.

Suzuki garnered admiration from 57 per cent of those polled, beating out 14 other notable Canucks such as Don Cherry and Margaret Atwood. The poll also included federal party leaders, with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau having earned 34 per cent, followed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with 23 per cent, Elizabeth May and Tom Mulcair.

Sen. Mike Duffy, who was embroiled in the Senate expenses scandal, was among one of the least-admired Canadians according to the poll. Fellow embattled senator Pamela Wallin also ranked fairly low.

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The least known Canadians on the list include former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong and Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The pollster left out many other high-profile Canadians, but Angus Reid Global Vice President Shachi Kurl said in a statement that its list is the first in a series, and personalities will be added or removed from the list “based on our findings.”

She told The Globe and Mail most of the people on the first draft made headlines over the summer. Others are high-profile personalities. Kurl also noted businesswoman and former MP Belinda Stronach was added for “gender balance.”

The online survey randomly polled 1,017 Canadians from Oct. 9-Oct. 17. Its complete results are also broken down by region.

Which Canadian do you admire most? Tell us in the comments.

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