This article examines the political ideology of Canadian elites on the basis of a sample survey conducted in 1977. The six hundred respondents include business executives, politicians, government bureaucrats, labour leaders, lawyers, media executives, and academics. Our purposes are, first, to make comparisons among and examine variation within these sectoral groups; second, to relate ideological cleavages to differences in support for the federal political parties; and, third, to examine the correspondence between more general ideological principles and elite opinions on a variety of specific public policy issues.
* York University, Toronto. This is a revision of a paper presented at the Xllth World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; August 1982. The research reported here is part of a research programme on ‘Social Change in Canada’ at the Institute for Behavioural Research at York University, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant #875/575-0332) and by York University. We thank Ken McRoberts and Donald Smiley for their comments on the first draft.