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Canadians less tolerant after 9/11: Poll
Over half of Canadians surveyed in an Ipsos Reid poll for Postmedia News and Global TV said that Muslims are discriminated against more now than they were 10 years ago. However, Canadian Muslim groups say the impact of 9/11 was good and bad on the Muslim community.
“On the good side, there has been the ability for Canadians to access their fellow citizens with Muslim backgrounds, to get to know them more, and essentially have the ability to get accurate information about Islam in the Muslim community which has been a great thing for those who want to have that information,” said Kashif Ahmed, a national board member with the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Ahmed said that when Canadians have access to information about Islam or know a Muslim person, whether it be a colleague or friend, they tend to view Muslims and those of the Islamic faith more favourably because they are more informed.
Conversely, more research into the faith can also have an opposite effect leading to more prejudiced opinions.
“I wouldn’t say there is a huge discrimination problem against Muslims, however, there are civil rights concerns that have increased since 9/11,” said Ahmed.
For instance, some ordinary Muslim-Canadian families are afraid to donate to Muslim charities fearful their name would end up on a watch list, explained Ahmed.
Other complaints the group has seen surround workplace discrimination, but Ahmed said it’s mainly rooted in misunderstanding or a lack of information about the faith.
“Once (organizations) know about the faith practices, they are more open to make reasonable accommodations or resolve issues without any further problems,” said Ahmed.
With regards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent comments on CBC, saying “the major threat is still Islamicism” in a post-9/11 world, Ahmed cites the Norway massacre as the perfect example that terrorism isn’t just coming from one community.
“The common misconception people have about Islam is that it promotes terrorism and that the Muslim community doesn’t condemn terrorism, or women are chattel of Muslim men,” said Ahmed.
“Most often, these are cultural practices that don’t reflect Islam,” he explains.
“(Canada) needs to concentrate on investigating crimes and criminal behaviour, not communities.”
Here are some highlights from the Ipsos Reid poll:
– 74 per cent of Canadians agree that “our society has become less tolerant of others since the 9/11 terrorist attacks”
– 60 per cent think that Muslims in Canada are discriminated against more than before the attacks
– 59 per cent say the 9/11 attacks have given them a negative impression of certain ethnicities and religious faiths
– 81 per cent say Muslims living in Canada should receive the same treatment as any other Canadian; however, 31 per cent of Albertans and 21 per cent of Quebecers believe that Muslims should be treated differently. The national average who feel this way is 15 per cent.
“(This poll) shows that there has been discrimination and that the country is less tolerant,” said John Wright, senior vice-president of Ipsos Reid.
“The majority of Canadians are saying we are a less tolerant society, but the people who were surveyed said they are open and tolerant,” he said.
For this survey, a national sample of 1,012 adults were interviewed online between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30. There is an estimated margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 out of 20.