Attack on Nathan Cirillo, Parliament Hill tops 2014 Canadian news stories: poll

WATCH ABOVE: Global’s Erika Tucker on what Canadians chose as the top news stories of 2014 in our exclusive Global News/Ipsos Reid poll. 

TORONTO – In an exclusive Global News / Ipsos Reid poll, Canadians chose the attack on the soldier guarding the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill as the top story of 2014.

Thirty-six per cent of participants chose the 10-hour Ottawa terror attack as top story of the year. Starting with the fatal shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the incident led to a lock-down of government buildings in Ottawa and ended in a shoot-out where Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers was credited with stopping the lone gunman.

The top five stories of the year were rounded out by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his fall from office (at 12 per cent), the Conservative government’s failure to help Canadian veterans (at 11 per cent), the fatal RCMP shootings in Moncton, New Brunswick (at 9 per cent) and Islamic State (ISIS) recruits from Canada (at 7 per cent).

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Take a look through our gallery below for the other stories that resonated with Canadians as contenders for the top news story of 2014:

6% of respondents chose the January fire that engulfed a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que. as top story of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frances Drouin
5% of respondents chose the Jian Ghomeshi sexual abuse scandal as top story of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
On a happier note, 3% of respondents chose the Canadian women’s hockey team beating Team USA 3-2, thus winning the Olympic gold medal as top story of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Another 3% of respondents chose the Canadian men’s hockey team beating Sweden 3-0, to win the Olympic gold medal as top story of the year. Martin Rose / Getty Images
2% of respondents chose the discovery of the Franklin Expedition Search Ship in the north as top story of the year. The ship's bell, saved from the wreckage, is seen above. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
RCMP and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military was chosen by 2% of those polled as top story of the year. Global News
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Another 2% of respondents chose the polar vortex and never-ending winter as top story of the year. NOAA/NASA GOES Project
Just 1% of respondents chose the fatal stabbing of five university students at a house party in Calgary's Brentwood neighbourhood as top story of the year. Global News

What other stories do you think were big in Canada in 2014? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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You can also choose the newsmaker of the year in our informal poll. Click here to cast your vote, and stay tuned for the results.

Exclusive Global News Ipsos Reid polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may only be rebroadcast or republished with full and proper credit and attribution to “Global News Ipsos Reid.” This poll involved online interviews with a sample of 1,005 Canadians between December 16 to 19, 2014 on behalf of Global News. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points had all Canadian adults been polled.

Read the full data table from the poll below:

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