Opinion Column

FUREY

Canadians overwhelming support a values test

By Anthony Furey, Postmedia Network

Dr. Kellie Leitch, federal Conservative leadership hopeful, speaks during a Rally For Free Speech event hosted by Ezra Levant on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Toronto. (STAN BEHAL/TORONTO SUN)

Dr. Kellie Leitch, federal Conservative leadership hopeful, speaks during a Rally For Free Speech event hosted by Ezra Levant on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Toronto. (STAN BEHAL/TORONTO SUN)

Three-quarters of Canadians support testing new immigrants to Canada for “anti-Canadian” values, a new poll commissioned by the French-language division of CBC reveals.

While the questions did not specifically mention Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, her pitch clearly resonates with a majority of Canadians. This is consistent with previous poll data showing a majority of Canadians from across the political spectrum support her controversial idea.

The poll also reveals a quarter of Canadians would support a ban on Muslim immigration to Canada, similar to the temporary ban on arrivals from six Muslim majority countries signed by President Donald Trump. That number rises to a third in Quebec.

A slim majority also said the presence of Muslims in Canada made them somewhat or very worried about security issues.

However, a majority of Canadians — 60% — do support the federal government’s decision to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada.

Continuing the controversial questions, the survey results — which intentionally feature a disproportionately large number of Quebec respondents — offer a rating for how well Canadians think different immigrant groups integrate into society.

Asians score the highest at 72% with Muslims garnering a failing grade with 42%

The survey done by Montreal-based firm CROP asked 2,513 respondents, with 1,024 of them from Quebec. It was conducted over four days in January, one of them falling on the day of the Quebec City mosque attack.