Should the immigration numbers increase or decrease? More than half of Canada’s citizens back the country’s efforts to target more than 330,000 new immigrants. The Angus Reid Institute poll shows that the public believes they should be welcomed.
Of the more than 1,500 people who were interviewed, 39% said that the targets are an appropriate level, with 13% believing that immigration numbers should be higher. In contrast, 40% of the people said that the number is too high, while 8% said that they are not sure how they feel about these numbers.
The poll provides a clear view of the public’s opinion about the country’s immigration stance as the country prepares itself to vote on October 21.
Interestingly, the topic of immigration has not been an intense issue so far. It is suggested that it will be a key factor as the leaders of Canada’s six main federal parties’ battle to gain political control.
The growing immigration numbers have largely been a driving force set by Justin Trudeau. He is in the Liberal government running for a second term as Canada’s prime minister. The target of 330,000 new immigrants is an increase of 21,000 over 2018, and it is set to increase again to 341,000 in 2020.
Presently, the polls show that whatever Trudeau is doing has been working. He is a little bit ahead of the Conservative Party of Canada led by Andrew Scheer. Trailing the Conservative Party is the New Democratic Party, the Green Party of Canada, the Bloc Québécois, and the People’s Party of Canada.
The Conservative Party of Canada has different views on the new immigration numbers compared to the Liberal Party of Canada. About 30% of Conservative supporters feel like the new incoming immigration numbers are too high. 62% of the People’s Party of Canada voters shared a similar view with the Conservative Party.
The Bloc Québécois is equally divided about the issue. About a half believing the numbers are too high, and the other half believing it’s very okay.
The survey also found “considerable regional divisions” across the country as to whether the incoming immigration numbers are acceptable. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are a bit thoughtful about the numbers. Other places like B.C., Ontario, and Quebec noting that the numbers are quite low.
The Angus Reid Institute went ahead and polled views on the main economic benefit of increased immigration. There were clear divisions along party lines: Liberal, New Democratic Party, and the Green Party believe that there was a connection between increased immigration and a more intensive economy. It was only 43% of the Conservative voters believing it was beneficial.
Less than 20% of Liberal and Green Party voters believed that immigrants take too much employment. Also, 41% of Conservative supporters believe it does. 19% of New Democratic Party supporters believed so.
As to which leader is considered ideal for managing immigration, the survey concluded that there was “no exact choice” – which the Angus Reid Institute states are a “significant portion.”
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