Most Canadians say Immigrants Should be Tested for 'Anti-Canadian Values' - Survey
A new poll has found that despite Canadians being overall in favor of taking in refugees, there are worries about a cultural clash with Muslims, particularly in the French-speaking province of Quebec.
The internet poll, commissioned by the French-language service of CBC, Radio Canada, asked 2,513 people across Canada, including 1,024 Quebecers, about a variety of social issues.
The CROP survey found that although around 60 percent of Canadians agreed that welcoming Syrian refugees was a "very good" or "good enough" idea, 74 percent — “very” and “somewhat” — agreed with the proposal, put forward by Conservative party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, that immigrants should be screened for their adherence to Canadian values.
"If you don't talk about religion, there's an overwhelming human side to us.… The minute you introduce religion, it's gone," CROP president Alain Giguère told CBC.
Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments are more widespread in Quebec, where 32 percent strongly or somewhat agreed to a Trump-style travel ban, as opposed to only 25 percent of Canadians nationwide.
Sixty-five percent of Quebecers also felt comfortable about a new Catholic church being built in their neighborhood but only 40 percent for a mosque, whereas other Canadians were 76 percent and 56 percent in favor, respectively.
Around 57 percent of Quebecers felt Muslims were "poorly" or "somewhat poorly" integrated into society, ten percent higher than other Canadians. Muslims ranked the lowest in a list of minority and immigrant groups, compared to 72 percent approval for Jewish immigrants, 82 percent for Haitians, and 87 percent for Asians.
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