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November 13, 2004

More Annoying Canadians

The first round of voting for the Most Annoying Canadian is over. The results are as follows:

Who is your choice for Most Annoying Canadian?

Sheila Copps 24%55
Don Cherry 10%23
Rick Mercer 3%8
Svend Robinson 8%19
Paul Martin 3%7
Jack Layton 12%27
David Suzuki 9%20
Stephen Lewis 2%5
Warren Kinsella 22%51
Celine Dion 7%17
232 votes total

Congratulations to the five finalists who move on to the final Most Annoying Canadian round in December: Sheila Copps, Warren Kinsella, Jack Layton, Don Cherry, and David Suzuki. Svend Robinson, who would normally be a favourite in this type of competition, failed to make the cut. His career as Canada's premier nitwit in the spotlight has evidently collapsed. Jack Layton is the new annoying face of the NDP, staging an incredible late surge from back of the pack to finish in third place. Sheila Copps won -- as expected -- despite a internet campaign for Warren Kinsella; but she's still got to win against the finalists from the second round of the competition to be declared the Most Annoying Canadian!

The second round has begun, as you can see from the new poll on the right. It was difficult to whittle down the contestants to just ten, but I have. I think they reflect the diversity of this vast and annoying land. We've got two ex-Prime Ministers, one to appeal to both sides of the political spectrum, a couple of annoying seperatists who would hate to be considered 'Canadians', a rock-throwing jackass and his intellectual facilitator, and representatives from the rabidly anti-American press, the cultural elite, and the reactionary labour movement. And don't think the Canadian Tire guy is just a joke contestant. In my research for this poll I found a tremendous antipathy to him. A friend of mine suggested a competitor should hire him away from Canadian Tire and then run ads humiliating him or even having him killed off to win customers. He might be the 'dark horse' in this race.

So, this poll ends December 3rd. Then the five best from round two will face off against the winners from round one. You can vote once per day, and internet campaigns for particular contestants are encouraged. May the best annoying Canadian win! Posted by Bruce Gottfred at November 13, 2004 12:35 PM | TrackBack


Hey Bruce, congrats!

Neale News is headlining your little contest.

Posted by: gnotalex at November 14, 2004 01:27 PM

I've put my pitch for Naomi Klein up on my site:

(not that someone like her needs much justification... )

Posted by: Andrew at November 14, 2004 05:08 PM

How about adding Carolyn Parrish to your next poll.

Posted by: Yvonne at November 14, 2004 07:36 PM

I appreciate the links. The voting on the second round has gotten a big boost because of them. Thanks!

Carolyn Parrish should definitely have gotten a starting gate on this round. The nomination process was a little confused. If I do ths again next year I'll do it a little better.

Posted by: Bruce Gottfred at November 15, 2004 08:53 AM

Having so many government nominees really doesn't definitively reflect true annoyance, but rather one's political bias.

Now as far as being really annoying, I think the Don Cherry choice is right on the money! However, how you missed the most annoying person (Canadian or American). I think that Valerie Pringle would win hands down, but due to her exile to the rather obscure CTV Travel Channel, she has been left with far fewer people to annoy.
Thank God!

Posted by: David at November 15, 2004 04:43 PM

Obviously the people who have voted for the above are likely to be anti canadian, pro american, and unable to really understand what it is they are against and little more about what they are for. My vote would definitely go to Paul Martin.

Posted by: Gina Petrakos at November 26, 2004 02:57 PM

dont forget our sports commentators - Brian Williams ... and the ones at TSN who cover hockey!

preston manning too

Posted by: Mike D at December 27, 2004 06:59 PM

BEN MULRONY!! He's creepy and he says the stupidest things.

Posted by: Jennifer at August 3, 2005 04:01 PM
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