Most Canadians don’t want to follow Trump’s path: Poll
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Washington Tuesday to further strengthen the ties between Canada and the U.S. just as a new poll suggests Canadians don’t want this country heading down the same path as its southern neighbour.
But the results of the EkosCanadian Press survey don’t necessarily mean Canadians’ points of view are completely at odds with those who voted U.S. President Donald Trump into office, said Ekos president Frank Graves.
Ekos and the Canadian Press surveyed 4,839 Canadians via telephone between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 as part of an ongoing effort to understand whether the same drivers exist in Canada as those behind populist movements supporting a more isolationist viewpoint around the world.
The results suggest Canada favours a more open approach — 60 per cent of those asked don’t want a “Canada First” foreign policy that mirrors the “America First” rallying cry that put Trump in office. Eighty per cent of those surveyed also disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, and 52 per cent want to see Canada become less like the U.S.
“Canada is clearly pivoting open, you can make the case with some of the data on that,” said Graves.
“But if you look at more of the data, I’m not so sure. It’s not that clear.”
The data also suggests 22 per cent of those surveyed think Canada ought to become more isolated, a marked increase after years of the number remaining relatively flat.
Also, among those surveyed 37 per cent think Canada’s immigration policy admits too many visible minorities. Twenty-nine per cent said they’ve experienced an incident of racism in the last month, and 33 per cent said they believe racism is becoming more common.
Ekos conducted the survey between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, and the survey of the entire sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
Different sample sizes were polled for each question to increase the number of questions researchers were able to ask.
Ekos has been tracking attitudes towards visible minority immigration for 25 years because it serves as a way to test levels of racial intolerance in Canada, said Graves.
The question of whether it is too high was put to 1,154 people during the recent survey, and the margin of error for those findings was 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Forty-two per cent believe the right amount are being let in and 15 per cent say too few.
Graves said the incidence of those believing it’s too high peaked before the last federal election and seems to be on the decline. It’s still lower than it was in the 1990s, he said.
The survey also probed for people’s perceptions of their economic future, and the results suggest Canadians are pretty pessimistic about the way things are going, despite economic indicators to the contrary.
That, coupled with the responses on how open this country ought to be, suggests the door can’t be closed on the argument that the same economic and social frustration that has fuelled populism elsewhere doesn’t exist here, Graves said.
“There’s clearly a significant portion of Canada that’s not going to be convinced by the whole notion that an open welcoming Canada is the right answer to the problems that they see in their lives and the country.”
What that might mean for Canada’s political landscape remains to be seen. Sixty-four per cent of those who say Canada is letting in too many visible minorities identify as Conservative supporters; 62 per cent of those who think the number is just right are Liberal.
But Graves noted that studies done in the U.S. before and after that election revealed that people who were exhibiting racial intolerance and who voted for Trump said they would have voted Democrat if that party had put forward a more progressive platform.
Maintaining support for immigration ranks high on the Liberals’ list of priorities; in the coming weeks, they’re poised to unveil how many newcomers Canada will admit in 2018.
The Liberals are keen on immigration to foster economic growth, but complicating the issue is the ongoing arrival of asylum seekers at the border prompting criticism the government has lost control of the system.
In Britain, a survey after the surprising yes vote in a referendum on leaving the EU found that nearly 73 per cent of those who voted to leave were worried about immigration levels being too high.
The Ekos survey found 41 per cent feel too many immigrants are currently being let in overall.
GRAND BANK, N.L. — Predator turned into prey during a brawl between man and moose in Newfoundland after a gunneddown bull bounced back with a vengeance, sending its hunter to hospital in a helicopter with a hoofshaped bruise on his forehead.
Rodney Buffett said he set out into the woods near Grand Bank on Newfoundland’s south coast Saturday with his friends and his fiancee in the hopes of getting an early start on moose-hunting season, but wound up being hunted by his game.
It all began when Buffett, an avid hunter, spotted a massive bull moose about 180 metres in the distance, he said.
Buffett sized up his target and fired two shots. The moose dropped in its tracks, he said, so he ran over to inspect the wounded animal.
His fiancee was standing on a hill with his buddies, Buffett said, looking at the scene through a pair of binoculars. He called for them to bring him a knife — then the moose flicked its legs.
“I just thought it was the nerves going out of his body,” said Buffett. “When I turned around again, he was on his four legs running with his head down and his antlers coming after me.”
Buffett said the moose plowed into him, piercing his skin and thrashing around its 14-point antlers.
The bull tossed its head and chucked him into the air, he said. When Buffett hit the ground, he said the moose trampled over him several times, branding him with its hooves.
The moose-man tango seemed to go on “forever,” he said, but likely lasted about five minutes.
Buffet said he grabbed the animal by the antlers and kicked him in the head and after a struggle, the moose ran off and presumably died.
“He was too old to be doing that. He definitely bled out,” said Buffett. “The adrenaline going through him too, I guess.”
Buffett’s friends ran to the road to flag down paramedics, who called for a helicopter to airlift the 38-year-old man to a hospital in St. John’s.
I just thought it was the nerves going out of his body. When I turned around again, he was on his four legs running with his head down and his antlers coming after me.”
Buffett said his wounds were stitched and his punctured ribs were stapled, but he managed to escape serious injury.
He spent a night at his sister’s house in the city before heading back to his home in Fortune.
He was still taking pain medication Monday, but said he has otherwise been in good spirits, with a slight caveat.
Maybe it’s the hoof print on his forehead, but Buffett can’t seem to get his mind off the moose that got away.
“I really was disappointed I never got him,” said Buffett. “There’s a lot of meat going to waste there.”
Despite the trauma of his last excursion, Buffett said is eager to get another chance to bag a moose this season, hopefully sooner rather than later.
“I’d go back hunting tomorrow if they’d let me. Nobody will let me go,” he said.
“I’d go this evening, if they let me.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on his way to Washington on Tuesday. A new poll suggests Canadians don’t want this country heading down the same path as the U.S.