Canadians want to party with Mike Myers, Canada Day poll reveals



    Canadians believe it's our friendly, polite ways that make us
    sparkle on the world stage

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - As Canadians prepare to fire up the barbecue and
light sparklers with family and friends to celebrate Canada Day, one in five
of us (19 per cent)(1) wish we could invite Canadian comedian/actor Mike Myers
to sparkle at a backyard gathering. And according to Canadians, those
gathering will be friendly and polite because that's how we see ourselves as a
nation.
    A new national Canada Day poll sponsored by Dole Sparklers beverages
questioned Canadians on their views regarding sparkling Canadian
personalities, as well as how Canadians see themselves on the world stage. The
term sparkling was defined as "brilliance, liveliness or vivaciousness
represented in attitude, character or achievements."

    Party with the sparkling stars...

    Just behind Myers were Wayne Gretzky (17 per cent), Celine Dion
(15 per cent) and Shania Twain (13 per cent) as famous Canadians that we would
most like to invite over for summer backyard entertaining.
    "Dole Sparklers is all about releasing your inner sparkle and we think
Canada Day is the perfect time to do just that with street parties, barbeques
and fireworks displays," said Cheryl Radisa, Vice President of Marketing,
Pepsi-QTG Canada. "And to celebrate all things great and Canadian, we thought
we'd have a little fun with Canadians and get their thoughts on who sparkles
the most."
    Canadians say they add fun and sparkle to their summer entertaining by
trying out new recipes and beverages (52 per cent) or putting together a great
mix of music (52 per cent).

    Most sparkling Canadian ever...Pierre Elliott Trudeau!

    The poll also asked Canadians to identify who they feel is the most
"sparkling" Canadian of all time. Pierre Elliott Trudeau (16 per cent) was the
number one pick, followed by Celine Dion (10 per cent) and Wayne Gretzky
(4 per cent).

    Media personalities who sparkle...Rick Mercer and Don Cherry!

    When asked to choose from a list of 10 Canadian media personalities who
they think most sparkles, respondents chose funny-guy Rick Mercer
(19 per cent) as the top media personality. Hockey commentator Don Cherry was
the second pick with 16 per cent of the vote. Rounding out the top five are
Lloyd Robertson (11 per cent), Peter Mansbridge (10 per cent) and
George Stroumboulopoulos (9 per cent).

    How we view ourselves as Canadians...

    Canadians believe it's our friendliness (28 per cent) and politeness
(25 per cent) that above all else give us our sparkling positive image around
the world. Other qualities that we see in ourselves as a people are humour (14
per cent) and being down to earth (10 per cent).

    Be a sparkling Canadian entertainer this Canada Day and all summer
    long...

    Impress guests this Canada Day and all summer long by serving
Dole Sparklers beverages at your next celebration. Dole Sparklers beverages
have 50 per cent less sugar and calories than the leading real fruit beverage
and are available in three delicious flavours: Cranberry/Raspberry,
Orange/Tangerine and Pink Grapefruit.
    Here are some tips and tricks to make your Canada Day celebration
memorable with Dole Sparklers beverages:

    
    -   Serve Dole Sparklers beverages in a tall tumbler with lots of ice -
        add a little sophistication to your beverage rimmed with sliced,
        seasonal fruit
    -   Use Dole Sparklers beverages as the perfect non-alcoholic punch at
        the next summer mixer - simply fill a bowl with water, add
        raspberries and cranberries and freeze. Remove the ice block from the
        freezer and place in a large punch bowl - add Dole Sparklers
        beverages until covered. The ice will keep the drink chilled to
        perfection for a cool, trendy and refreshing alternative
    -   Pair Dole Sparklers beverages with fun and refreshing foods such as
        colourful fruit skewers (try melon, grape and pink grapefruit)
    -   Deliciously refreshing, Dole Sparklers beverages are the light
        balance to traditional barbeque fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers and
        sausages
    

    Available in 12-packs of 355mL cans, six-packs of 500mL bottles and 500mL
single serve bottles, Dole Sparklers beverages are now available in
convenience stores and grocery aisles across Canada.

    About Pepsi-QTG Canada
    ----------------------
    Pepsi-QTG Canada, a division of PepsiCo Canada ULC is a leader in the
Canadian beverages industry and markets a variety of beverages under the
following trademarks: PEPSI, DIET PEPSI, 7UP, MOUNTAIN DEW, MUG, AQUAFINA,
SOBE, LIPTON and BRISK ICED TEAS, STARBUCKS BOTTLED FRAPPUCCINO, GATORADE,
DOLE and TROPICANA.

    
    1.  The Harris/Decima data was gathered between June 12th and June 15th,
        2008, through Harris/Decima's weekly teleVox, the company's national
        omnibus survey. Results are based on a sample of 1,023 Canadians aged
        18 plus, and the corresponding margin of error is +/- 3.1%, 19 times
        out of 20.
    





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For further information: images or samples, please contact: Jennifer
Meneses, PraxisPR, (905) 949-8255 ext. 221, jennifer@praxispr.ca; Michele
Enhaynes, PraxisPR, (905) 949-8255 ext. 229, michele@praxispr.ca


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