British Journal of Canadian Studies

Star Power? Celebrity and Politics among Anglophone Canadian Youth

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2007), 20, (1), 75–98.

Abstract

Celebrities are playing an increasingly important role in Canadian politics. Recently, entertainers have become active in politics, politician Belinda Stronach has become a celebrity herself, and a celebrity from the sports world became a member of the federal Parliament and a Cabinet minister. At the same time, Irish rock star Bono has emerged to lobby world leaders to change their countries' policies toward the developing world. A survey of 456 young Anglophone Canadians indicated that Bono's beliefs influence the political beliefs of young Canadians, and he has helped to set the agenda for politicians. Celebrity and politics will continue to be intertwined in Canada, but in a more restrained way than in the USA.

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Jackson, David