Canadians surveyed in an internet poll in January said that their attitudes towards immigrants in their country who are followers of the Muslim religion are changing.
Commissioned by CBC’s French-languge service, Radio-Canada, the new CROP poll reveals that an increasing number of Canadians want new immigrants to be vetted with a national values test, which would reveal where they stand in regards to their ideology and how they feel about basic issues of equality.
It’s of interest to note that while the survey was taking place, the Quebec City Mosque shooting occurred. And if that incident stops Muslims from immigrating to Canada, half of those surveyed were fine with it.
The Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that the poll, which surveyed 2,513 people across Canada, including 1,024 who live in Quebec, showed that Canadians are still pro-immigrant, and they continue to believe that multiculturalism enriches their society. However, they’ve begun to look differently at immigrants who are not of European or American descent, and many wanted Muslim immigrants in particular to prove that they can live like Canadians in Canada. The data revealed that 60 percent of respondents approved of immigrants being required to adopt Canada’s culture and customs to attain citizenship. That number rose to 67 percent in Quebec pollsters.
Kellie Leitch, Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate, has been running a Trump-style “Canadian values” campaign. Despite being labeled “extreme” by Canada’s mainstream media and even some of her conservative colleagues for proposing a values test, the fact that three-quarters of those polled approve of such a test hearkens back to the way American liberals and mainstream media underestimated President Trump when he was running for president.
Leitch told reporters on Tuesday, “I’m in touch with the average Canadian and the mainstream media is out of touch. These are issues that matter to Canadians, and I think it provides a clear path to victory over [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau. He’s the fringe candidate.”
Leitch added that support for a values test “has increased from 67 to 74 percent” since she first brought up the notion last summer.
According to CROP president Alain Giguère, the poll’s results suggest that the atmosphere is right for a Trump-style, populist politician to emerge in Canada who will address the peoples’ concerns about Muslims.
“One-quarter of Canadians and 32 percent of those living in Quebec would support a complete ban on Muslims immigration,” said the report, but only 40 percent of Quebec respondents indicated that they would want a Mosque in their neighborhood. In addition, half of those surveyed said that they didn’t care if the Quebec City Mosque shooting had a chilling effect on Muslims immigrating to Canada.
Other results showed that approximately half of the pollsters said they have a negative perception of the Muslim hijab, and the same amount said that they think Muslims are not well-integrated into their society.
H/T: Daily Caller
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