March 21, 2017 – A new CROP-CBC poll suggests Canadians have a mixed view on Canada immigration depending on how the question is asked and which province they come from.
An overwhelming 83 per cent said they felt other cultures enriched the Canadian society, with 60 per cent also seeing refugees positively.
But 74 per cent of respondents also favoured a Canadian values test for immigration to Canada along the lines of the one suggested by Kellie Leitch, one of the candidates for leadership of the Conservative party.
The poll – which surveyed 2,513 Canadians, of which 1,024 were Quebecers – also revealed a harder attitude towards Canada immigration in the French-speaking province.
Key Findings of CROP-CBC Poll
- 83% said Canadian society enriched by other cultures
- 60% said refugees positive
- 74% want Canadian values test for Canada immigration
- 25% want Trump-style immigration ban
Overall, 25 per cent of Canadians supported a Donald Trump-style ban on immigration to Canada, but in Quebec 32 per cent said they were in favour.
Asked if they would be ok with a Catholic church in their area, 76 per cent of non-Quebec respondents said yes, while only 56 per cent said the same if a mosque were built. In Quebec, those numbers were 65 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.
Analysts suggested the results showed a populist Trump-like politician could gain some traction in Canada.
However, the poll also asked that question directly, and only 21 per cent said they would support a leader like Trump taking power.
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Significantly more Quebecers said they considered the Muslim veil a sign of submission, with 62 per cent saying yes against 48 per cent in the rest of Canada.
Asked if welcoming Syrian refugees was a good idea, 60 per cent of Canadians and 58 per cent of Quebecers agreed.
Some 67 per cent of Quebecers said immigrants should adopt Canadian culture, compared to 60 per cent of other Canadians.
And 57 per cent of Quebecers say Muslims are poorly integrated in Canada, with 47 per cent of respondents from the rest of Canada feeling the same.
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