The Toronto Star/Angus Reid survey found 69 per cent agree with the visa requirements announced Monday, including 39 per cent who voiced strong agreement.
The poll also found that 68 per cent of Canadians think it would be fair of Mexico's government to impose similar visa requirements on Canadians entering their country.
The survey also indicated 64 per cent of respondents believe the federal government is doing a poor job of handling Canada's immigration programs.
These numbers, for what they are worth, tell us that a strong majority of Canadians, not just a majority of Canadians, think the government has mismanaged the immigration system. We are told, mostly by journalists and politicians, that Canada "welcomes" 260,000+ immigrants a year and that Canadians are "proud" of the nation's "multicultural mosaic" however it seems these latest poll numbers tell us otherwise.
Some may disagree with the new visa restrictions and they do inconvenience a lot of innocent people but what is newsworthy, more so than the restrictions themselves, is the Canadian response to them. Most Canadians, as the poll suggests, support the restrictions even if it means visa restrictions being placed on Canada.
I think this is so becuase it shows that the government is doing something about an immigration system that the majority of Canadians disagree with. After years of being sold the alleged merits of multiculturalism and the ethnic, racial, and religious diversity the immigration system is bringing to the nation it seems most Canadians are not buying into the "new Canada". Perhaps this is becuase there was nothing wrong with the "old Canada" now was there?