British Colombians Least Interested in Seceding from Canada: Survey

Happy Canada’s day? BC is less interested in breaking away from Canada, according to a new survey.

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British Columbians are least likely to want to secede from Canada, according to a new survey.

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Launched on Canada Day, New Research Co. survey investigated the feelings of Canadians towards the notion of sovereignty and found that British Colombians were the most attached to their identity as Canadians.

More than two-thirds, or 67 percent, disagreed with the idea of ​​BC breaking away from Canada. But 19 percent of residents said the province would be better off going its own way as its own country. Another 15 percent said they weren’t sure.

The survey found that support for separation is highest in Alberta (33 percent) and Quebec (32 percent).

“Expressed support for separation has declined in Alberta over the past six months, but remains the highest in Canada,” pollster Mario Canseco said in a news release. “In Quebec, with provincial elections just around the corner, support for sovereignty has increased slightly.”

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Support for sovereignty was lowest in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (28 percent), Ontario (25 percent), and Atlantic Canada (21 percent).

The survey also asked online respondents what they thought about their province’s incorporation into the United States.

A significant minority of Canadians, or 17 percent, said their province would be better off if it became a US state.

Those unpatriotic sentiments, however, were lower in BC than anywhere else except Alberta.

Only 14 percent of Albertans expressed a preference to join USBC and just over 15 percent.

Across Canada, respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of their provincial and federal leaders and what it means for their province.

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Some 51 percent said their province would be better off with a different prime minister in charge. The same proportion suggested that they would prefer to see a different prime minister running the show in Ottawa.

BC seemed happier with their prime minister staying on: 41 per cent said BC would be better off with someone other than John Horgan, while 36 per cent disagreed.

Research Co. conducted the online survey June 18-20 among 1,000 adults in Canada. Data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian Census figures by age, gender and region. The margin of error that measures the variability of the sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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