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Concordia University

Social values vary across Canada

New survey led by Concordia University sheds light on responsible citizenship

This news release is available in French.

Montreal, November 19, 2013 -- Canada: true north, strong and free. But how strong are our beliefs? How free are our citizens? It depends where you live. According to a national survey led by researchers at Concordia University, the importance of providing assistance to those in need, and the importance of Aboriginal self-governance varies across the country.

A team of researchers from Concordia University recently partnered with the Trudeau Foundation and the Environics Institute for Survey Research to conduct a national poll* on responsible citizenship. The survey focused on two themes:

1. What is society's responsibility to address the social and economic welfare of those in need?

2. What is society's responsibility to address the aspirations of the country's Aboriginal peoples?

Providing assistance to those in need

Aboriginal self-governance


About the survey: These results are based on a telephone survey with a representative sample of 1,501 Canadians, conducted between September 17 and October 13,2013. The sample was stratified by province and community size to ensure adequate coverage of jurisdictions. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Results of this survey will be presented and discussed during the Tenth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference, held in Montreal from November 21 to 23, 2013.

Related links

Tenth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference http://www.fondationtrudeau.ca/en/2013conference

More background on the responsible citizenship survey http://www.fondationtrudeau.ca/sites/default/files/u5/tf_2013_survey_backgrounder_-_responsible_citizenship_-_oct_31-2013_eng.pdf

Concordia's Department of Political Science http://politicalscience.concordia.ca/

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en

The Environics Institute http://www.environicsinstitute.org/about

Media contact:

Cléa Desjardins
Senior advisor, media relations
University Communications Services
Concordia University
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 5068
Email: clea.desjardins@concordia.ca
Web: concordia.ca/now/media-relations
Twitter: twitter.com/CleaDesjardins

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