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More than 30% of us believe Canada is a racist country

And when asked if one race is superior to others, 18% of visible minorities said yes.




One-third of Canadians believe the country is racist, with 12% of people thinking one race is superior to others, a new poll shows.

And when asked if one race is superior to others, 18% of visible minorities said yes.

The poll, done by the Angus Reid Institute, shows 34% of people said “Canada is a racist country.”

Among those who believe this most strongly are visible minorities at 42% and women, particularly those under the age of 35 who are much more likely than men to hold this view at 54%.

One-in-eight –12% – say they believe some races are superior to others, said the poll.

“Further, 41% of Canadians say people seeing discrimination where it does not exist is a bigger problem for the country than people not being able to see where it does.”

Angus Reid poll

The poll also found:

  • One-quarter of Canadians feel “cold” toward Muslims, more than any other group asked about in the survey. Men over the age of 55 at 42%, and Quebecers at 37% are among the most likely to say that.
  • Most Albertans at 54% and Saskatchewanians at 57% believe exaggerating racism is a bigger problem in Canada than not seeing racism where it exists.
  • Yet residents of Saskatchewan at 44% were the most likely to agree that Canada is a racist country. Residents of Quebec at 24% were the least likely.
  • Three-quarters of Canadians over the age of 55 disagree that Canada is a racist country, while 54% of women between the ages of 18 and 34 say that it is.

“The most pronounced divisions … appear to be political or ideological. One-quarter of those who supported the Conservative Party or Bloc Quebecois in the 2019 federal election disagree diversity makes Canada better, and would like to live with neighbours that look like them, compared to far fewer among voters for the other three major federal parties,” said the poll.

“While one-third of Canadians say Canada is a racist country, just 12% of Canadians agree with a statement that could be considered definitively racist. This group says that they feel some races are naturally superior to others. Notably, this group is at least 11% across each ethnic group and highest among visible minorities at 18%.”

Angus Reid Poll

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey from May 11 – 17, 2021 among a representative randomized sample of 1,984 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The full survey is available here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven Ruthven

    June 23, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Former Liberal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change McKenna said in a drunken state words to effect “If you say it often enough & loud enough, they will totally buy into it”. Anyone remember that?

    Canada’s MSM is saying it, Federal Liberals are saying it, PM Trudeau, CNN, Democrats, President of the USA, all are saying the white racist chant. Getting dangerous to be a white person these days with the back stabbing cancel culture, BLM, Antifa being held up as righteous good citizens.

    Dangerous time for freedom with Trudeau & Biden leading the charge to erase freedoms in Canada & the USA.

  2. Penny4YourThouhts

    June 22, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Bravo Left Coast!

  3. Baron Not Baron

    June 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    This is a subject with zero base. If I give you shelter in my home.. are you going to tell me that I am a racist because you are not capable to build your own?

  4. Joe Calgary

    June 21, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Strangely enough, that is about the percentage of the neo-Marxist base that supports the ND’s. No surprise here, move along.

  5. Left Coast

    June 21, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    The reality is though the term “racist” is now meaningless . . . the Insane Left has used it so much in the last few decades it has become like just another four-letter word.

    Are all races equal? Now there’s a stupid question . . .

    I though ALL individuals were equal.
    Using race as a criteria is a tool to Tribalize & Divide the population . . . like the insane CRT . . . key word being “Theory”!
    This has it roots in Marxist Theology and has been used much of the last century to divide and conquer the masses.

    Obviously most people around the Globe see Canada as a migration destination . . . that’s obviously cause Canada is so “racist” . . . lol
    Perhaps Angus Reid should ask . . . has Immigration made Canada better or worse in the last 60 years? Of course this will never happen . . .

    Reality is folks . . . only one identifiable group created ALL the Western Democracies, are responsible for most of the advances of the 20th Century.

    It is quit logical then that people from all over the Globe want to come here . . . and should understand what a Privilege that is!

    Instead the Polsters, Media and Politicians stir the pot . . . like they have done with the PlanDemic for the last 18 months.

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.




British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.




News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.




Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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