The latest images to emerge from the plight of Syrian refugees has many Canadians taking more of an interest in what’s happening overseas.
A Mainstreet poll finds 48% of Canadians support an increase in refugee settlement here. And nearly half want to see the Government accept over 30,000 refugees from Syria, which is much higher than the current commitment.
13% said Canada should accept between 20,000 and 30,000 refugees, 11% said between 10,000 and 20,000, and 13% indicated less than 10,000 should be taken in.
When it comes to the response of the Canadian government, 1 in 2 disapprove of what’s being done, with the highest disapproval rating in Quebec, followed by Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
As for which of the 3 main party leaders would be most effective dealing with the crisis, Tom Mulcair led the way with 26% support, followed by Justin Trudeau with 24% and Stephen Harper trailing with 21%.
When asked what role Canada should be playing in the continuing crisis, 31% of Canadians want to see efforts focused on refugee resettlement, with 18% more interested in military deployment.