A new poll by the Angus Reid two-in-five say Canada should view China as potential threat and one-in-five as an enemy.
According to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute found 62% of Canadians believe that Ottawa should approach the Beijing regime as a threat or enemy. Of the respondents polled 40% say the government should consider the Communist Party of China a threat to the interests of Ottawa and 22% say it should be viewed as an enemy
The report also revealed of the countries surveyed Only Russia receives a more hostile reaction. According to three-quarters (72%) of respondents, given that nation’s continuing invasion of Ukraine, it should be seen as a threat or enemy.
According to the poll, currently 82% of Canadians have an unfavorable view of China and 88% with unfavorable views of Russia. Canadians favorability to China has been in a steady decline dropping to 12% in 2023 from 48% in 2017.
In 2018 the favorability of China dropped from 48% to 38% when Communist Party of China detained two Canadians holding them hostage. The conflict which held Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in confinement for 1000 days became known as “the two Michaels” controversy.
Recently China was involved with a spy balloon that invaded the air space of Canada and the U.S. in which it floated across the North American cotenant unimpeded.
Tensions have begun to ramp even more when news of leaked documents from a CSIS whistleblower suggesting the Communist Party of China interfered in Canada‘s elections. The allegations are in regards to the two most elections but interference is also said to date as far back as 2011 and millions of funding injected into the Liberal party of Canada in 2015.
Earlier this month the results of another survey were released that showed the majority of Canadians think the federal government is afraid to stand up to the Communist Party of China.