The first poll, reported here by the Toronto Sun, reveals that a majority of Canadians want all the Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived by boat off the coast of British Columbia to be sent back.
By a margin of five to one, Canadians say the government should reject the almost 500 would-be refugees from Sri Lanka who arrived last week.
The Leger Marketing poll of 1,500 people, released exclusively to QMI Agency, was conducted from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4 as the ship travelled towards the British Columbia coast.
Asked which statement best described their own opinion on what should be done with the ship, which may include members of the banned Tamil Tiger terrorist group, 60% agreed with the statement: "They should be turned away - the boat should be escorted back to Sri Lanka by the Canadian Navy."
Just 17% agreed with the statement: "They should be accepted into Canada as political refugees."
A significant number, 20%, said they did not know which answer to choose and 4% did not answer.
Alberta ranked highest with 74% of respondents there saying send the boat back and just 11% saying let them stay, while Quebec was the second highest with 64% opting to send the boat back and 15% saying the passengers should stay.
I happen to agree with the Canadian Tamil Congress in their assessment of the poll results:
The Canadian Tamil Congress believes the poll results are a reflection of feelings towards the immigration system, not Tamils themselves.
“I think there is a growing frustration,” said spokesperson Manjula Selvarajah.
I think he is right. I don't think Canadians are angry at the Tamils just because they are Tamils but what their arrival, and the way in which they came here, represents. What they are becoming angry at is unfettered immigration and its effects on Canadian society. They are angry at a government made impotent by the Singh decision, a government ineptitude at dealing with it, and a government indifferent to the concerns of a growing majority of Canadians. This leads me to the next poll reported here in the Globe and Mail as well as here.
From the second link we read:
More Canadians are questioning whether immigration is benefitting the country, with Albertans and Ontarians voicing concern over the role of illegal immigrants in Canadian society, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
The online survey of a representative sample of 1,007 Canadian adults also found that half of respondents would not allow the Tamil migrants who arrived in Canada a few weeks ago to stay in the country as refugees.
Overall, 46 per cent of respondents (+5 since August 2009) say immigration is having a negative effect in Canada, while 34 per cent (-3) believe it is having a positive effect. Albertans (56%) and Ontarians (55%) are more likely to view immigration in a negative light than respondents in all other provinces.
The arrival of the Tamil ship may have skewed the numbers a little but I think Canadians are slowly waking up to the full effects of Canada's mass immigration system. And they don't like what they see.