Flashpoint’s Ed Lane is Canada’s favourite TV cop

Flashpoint may have gone off the air in 2012, but the cops of Toronto’s Emergency Task Force are still in our hearts. Ed Lane, specifically, who won our latest poll asking who their Favourite Canadian TV Cops were. Lane, played by Hugh Dillon, took the top spot with 5,737 votes.

In second place came Rookie Blue‘s Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) with 3,636 votes, Corner Gas‘ Davis Quentin (Lorne Cardinal) with 1,542 votes, Durham County‘s Mike Sweeney (Dillon again!) with 1,465 votes and Davis’ Corner Gas partner Karen Pelly (Tara Spencer-Nairn) with 995 votes.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Swarek’s primetime partners Gail Peck, Andy McNally and Oliver Shaw, Murdoch Mysteries‘ Det. William Murdoch and Haven‘s Nathan Wuornos. Several readers commented that Wuornos’ lady love, Audrey Parker, should have been an option but since she’s an FBI agent rather than a police officer, she wasn’t included as a choice.

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Thanks for all of those who participated in voting!

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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5 thoughts on “Flashpoint’s Ed Lane is Canada’s favourite TV cop”

  1. I’m really impressed by the number of people voting — given the big issue with reporting on Canadian TV is a supposed lack of interest on the part of readers (and of reader feedback). So good for TV, Eh? (and for Canadian TV).
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    I’m curious whether there’s any ancillary results that can be drawn from the votes? The number of people who used their 3 votes for different shows vs. the number of people who voted for 3 characters from one show. Whether this poll was mentioned on some Hugh Dillon fansite lol (given two of the top four were played by Dillon). Whether there were any patterns in the shows people voted for — did fans of one show tend to be fans of another? What was the female/male ratio of voters (given, f’rinstance, Sam — of Rookie Blue — received almost four times the votes of Andy)? Okay, I realize you’d have no way of knowing that one!
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    Even the big drop off in voters between the winners and even those just a few notches down is intriguing.
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    These questions probably sound way too abstract (and mathematical!) to some, but as a long time observer of Canadian TV and film it would be interesting to see if there are any broader meanings (or inferences) that can be draw from polls like this.

    1. Yeah, I’m finding these numbers pretty interesting too. Looking at the results helps us decide what – and what not – to cover on the site and planning ahead.

  2. I’ll just assume that Sheriff Morgan and Deputy O’Neill from Bitten would have swept the category, and that’s why they were left off. ;)

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