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In November of 2014, The Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program conducted the first ever national (Canadian) study of Public Perceptions of the Ethics of Political Leadership. 

Click HERE for a full report on the results of the survey.

A few highlights:

50% of Canadians do not trust politicians to act ethically.

Twice as many Canadians mistrust politicians as mistrust CEOs (50% vs 25%).

A majority of Canadians think that politicians frequently make policy decisions that benefit friends, family or party supporters.

63% of Canadians agree that politics has a tendency to corrupt otherwise honest people. 

Nearly half of Canadians “strongly agree” that a politician who is dishonest in his or her personal life cannot be trusted in their professional role. 

1 in 5 Canadians say that political corruption in Canada has led them to stop voting.

The survey was conducted for the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program by the Gandalf Group.


This survey was conducted between October 17 and 22, 2014 using an online panel.  A nationally representative sample of n=1039 was surveyed. An additional 200 cases were collected in the Greater Toronto Area for a total sample of n=407. This was done to achieve greater reliability when making conclusions about the GTA.While the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association limits statements about margins of sampling error for online surveys, the margin of error for a probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 3.1% nationally and +/-4.86% in the GTA. Other regions have larger margins of error.

Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.
Director, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre

Toronto Mayor John Tory...

was our keynote speaker for this TRLC event on March 16, 2016:
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Global reach!

Our 2015 webcast continues to be a world-wide hit! Over 53,000 people world-wide have viewed “Complementary & Alternative Medicine: A Business Ethics Perspective” in its first 2 weeks online!


TRLC news:

Professor Chris MacDonald, Director of TRLC, has been elected as a faculty representative on Ryerson University's Board of Governors.

TRLC Post Doctoral Fellow Hasko von Kriegstein has been appointed Assistant Director of TRLC's Jim Pattison Ethical Ledership Program. Starting this summer, Hasko will now be an Assistant Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Global reach!

Our recent webcast is a world-wide hit! Over 42,000 people world-wide have viewed“Complementary & Alternative Medicine: A Business Ethics Perspective” in its first 2 weeks online!