The Conservative government is spending up to $60 million to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812, but a poll suggests the effort to raise the inconclusive Napoleonic War sideshow into a touchstone of national identity has fallen flat.
We've had the war take centre stage at this year's Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill; we've seen re-enactments of noted battles and a series of TV spots reminding us of heroes such as Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, Chief Tecumseh and Laura Secord, the lady on the chocolate box.
But the poll, conducted each year for the Department of National Defence to measure Canadians' impressions of their armed forces, found the relevance of commemorating the war was lost on the survey's respondents, The Canadian Press reports.
Few were aware of the anniversary and even fewer could identify the War of 1812 by name.
"Typically, no more than one or two participants in each group were aware that this yearRead More »from Despite bicentennial hype, poll suggests Canadians unaware of War of 1812′s significance