Volume 95, Issue 89

Thursday, March 21, 2002
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Critics dismiss immigration study

By Uroos Rizvi
Gazette Staff

Over half of the Canadians responding to a recent poll said they thought Canada accepted too many immigrants.

Fifty-four per cent of respondents said they thought the country accepted too many immigrants, compared with 26 per cent who thought that not enough were accepted. Twenty per cent did not respond.

The survey, conducted by Leger Marketing, included 1,511 Canadians polled between Feb. 5 and 9 and is considered accurate within 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Equity groups have expressed concerns about the method used by Leger in conducting the survey.

Tam Goossen, president of Toronto-based Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said she was concerned about the way the survey was conducted and the number of response categories available.

"Surveys are a problem in itself. The way they frame the questions can be taken out of context," she said.

Goossen said surveys are not a good mechanism to measure rational and practical issues, as they often push the issue into an emotional frame.

Leger's results were higher than many other surveys, said Roderic Beaujot, a Western sociology professor.

"We should check how the questions were asked," he said.

Although the survey shows Canadians think the level of immigration is too high, Dave Scholz, vice-president of Leger, said immigrants are valued in Canadian society.

"Growth in Canada has primarily been through immigration and the federal government is looking at ways of increasing immigrants because this is how Canada as a nation is going to grow," he said.

As immigrants come with all kinds of qualifications, they make a significant cultural contribution to Canada, Scholz said.

"These statistics reflect the lack of public education and public awareness on the realities of the number of immigrants that Canada accepts," said Karen Moch, executive director of Canadian Race Relations Federation.

Moch noted Canada determines its level of immigration based on the country's economic needs.

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