Moncton, N.B., earns reputation of being most polite city

Moncton, N.B., was the most polite city, according to a courtesy test of Canada's 15 largest cities conducted by Reader's Digest.

Moncton, N.B.,is the most polite city, according toacourtesy testof Canada's 15 largest cities conducted by Reader's Digest.

The magazinesent two undercover reporters across the country to carry out an informal survey that marked each cityon whether people held the doors open for its journalists, whether salesclerks thanked them for purchases and whether people would pick up a dropped folder in busy locations.

Monctonearned 80 per cent with Calgary and Vancouver tying for second place with 77 per cent. Edmonton ranked third with 73 per cent.

"The Maritime cities generally did very well," said Cynthia Ann Shannon, who works with Reader's Digest in Montreal, which ranked fifth with 68 per cent.

Victoria, Charlottetown and St. John's, N.L., ranked fourth with 70 per cent. Halifax and Winnipeg came in sixth place with 67 per cent. Regina and Quebec City ranked seventh and eighth with 63 per cent and 62 per cent, respectively.

Toronto came in ninth with 60 per cent. Saskatoonand Ottawa scored the worstwith 57 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively.