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Few Canadians know what the military is up to, but maybe that’s a good thing

By Scott Taylor      

More knew about it when Canadians were fighting in Afghanistan up to 2014, but that's likely because 158 died there.

Air crews finish refuelling a Griffon helicopter in Gao, Mali as part of Canada's mission there on Aug. 5. Master Cpl. Jennifer Kusche photograph courtesy of the Canadian Forces

OTTAWA—The results of a recent survey show that the Canadian military has a serious image problem, in that many Canadians are unaware that it even exists. According to the findings of an extensive poll conducted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group for the Department of National Defence, only 26 per cent of Canadians felt that they had some awareness of what the Canadian Armed Forces had been doing in the previous year, while only 42 per cent considered themselves to be “somewhat familiar” with Canada’s recent military activity.

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