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Most Canadians think multiculturalism 'good' for the country, but many worry about racism

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Poll suggests nearly two thirds of us think multiculturalism 'good' or 'very good' for Canada

One in four Canadians believe racism is on the rise in this country, poll finds

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It appears many Canadians are “tepid” supporters of the concept of multiculturalism.

A new poll from Research Co. suggests while nearly two thirds (62%) of us think multiculturalism has been “good” or “very good” for Canada, a third believe it has been “bad” or “very bad.”

About one in four (41%) of Canadians believe racism has become “a more significant problem in Canada” in recent years. People in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were found the most likely (55%) to feel this way. Those in Quebec (37%) were least likely to agree with the statement.

When asked to choose between a “melting pot” (where immigrants are encouraged to assimilate and blend into Canadian society) and a “mosaic” (where cultural differences within Canadian society are valued and should be preserved), it was somewhat close. Forty-nine per cent agreeing with the former and 42 per cent agreeing with the latter. The remaining nine per cent said they weren’t sure.

Those aged 18-34, British Columbians, and those who voted for the Liberals or NDP in the last federal election were more likely to prefer a “mosaic.”

Men, people in Quebec, those over 55 and those who said they voted for the Conservative Party were more likely to lean towards a “melting pot.”

The results are based on an online poll conducted last month among 1,000 adults in Canada.