Canadians are deeply divided over whether they live in a racist country: poll

Former Bloc Québécois and Conservative voters were most likely to disagree, the Angus Reid Institute found


On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Angus Reid Institute has released poll results showing that just over one in three Canadians believes that their country is racist.

The highest percentages were among women under 35 (54 per cent), visible minorities (42 per cent), women from 35 to 54 (39 per cent), and Indigenous people (36 per cent).

Among all respondents, 66 per cent disagreed with the statement that Canada is a racist country. The highest percentages who disagreed were men 55 and older (79 per cent), men 35 to 54 (72 per cent), and women 55 and older (70 per cent).

The survey was conducted online with 1,984 Canadians from May 11 to May 17. This was shortly after Bloomberg reported that Vancouver was the “Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America.”

On May 27 after the poll was conducted, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7/Chief Roseanne Casimir disclosed that the undocumented remains of 215 Indigenous children had been found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

On June 6, also after the poll was conducted, four members of the Afzaal family were murdered by a hit-and-run driver in London, Ontario. Police have called it a hate crime targeted against the family because they were Muslims.

The Angus Reid Institute poll was conducted in partnership with the University of British Columbia and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

In B.C., 40 per cent of respondents said that they believe Canada is a racist country, which tied with Manitoba in second place. In Saskatchewan, 44 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that Canada is a racist country, and in Ontario 36 per cent of respondents agreed.

Those who held this view most likely voted NDP (55 per cent) or Green (54 per cent) in the last election. The ones least likely to agree voted for the Bloc Québécois (13 per cent) and the Conservatives (18 per cent).

Among previous Liberal voters in 2019, 38 per cent stated that they believe Canada is a racist country.

This story originally appeared in the Georgia Straight.

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