Poll shows that Canadians are deeply divided over whether they live in a racist country

Former Bloc Québécois and Conservative voters were most likely to disagree

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      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 percent), visible minorities (42 percent), women from 35 to 54 (39 percent), and Indigenous people (36 percent).

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

      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 Rosanne 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 percent of respondents said that they believe Canada is a racist country, which tied with Manitoba in second place. In Saskatchewan, 44 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that Canada is a racist country.

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

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