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Admired Canadians: Who's missing from the list?

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Polling firm Angus Reid released a poll Monday that asked Canadians if they admire or do not admire people on a list of prominent Canadians, with CBC broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki topping the list. 

The online poll, conducted earlier this month, asked 1017 participants how much they admire the following people, listed with the percentage of respondents who said they admire them: 

    • 57% - CBC broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki
    • 50% - Paralympian and activist - the "Man in Motion" - Rick Hansen
    • 48% - CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge
    • 34% - Poet and novelist Margaret Atwood
    • 34% - Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
    • 27% - CBC hockey broadcaster Don Cherry
    • 23% - Prime Minister Stephen Harper
    • 22% - Green Party MP and Leader Elizabeth May
    • 20% - Politician and diplomat Stephen Lewis
    • 20% - Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair
    • 11% - Former MP and businesswoman Belinda Stronach
    • 7% - Senator Pamela Wallin
    • 6% - Former Vancouver Olympics (VANOC) CEO John Furlong
    • 5% - Columnist, former publisher and convicted fraudster Conrad Black
    • 4% - Senator Mike Duffy

Some of the people on the list were not as prominent, perhaps, as Angus Reid thought they were. According to the survey, 63 per cent had never heard of John Furlong, 51 per cent didn't know who Stephen Lewis was, and Elizabeth May and Belinda Stronach were equally unknown among Canadians (tied at 29 per cent).

We're wondering if there aren't famous -- and infamous -- Canadians who are excluded from this list. Certainly former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has his admirers, as do pop singers Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen. 

Angus Reid acknowledged that the list may be incomplete. 

"This is the first in a series. Based on our findings, some names may come off the list, others will be added," said Shachi Kurl, vice president of Angus Reid Global, in a statement. Kurl described the people on the list as "headline makers and high-profile individuals." 

Who are the prominent Canadians you admire? Are they on this list? Put your suggestions in the comments below. 

Tags: Canada, Politics, POV

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