Quebecers are less sympathetic to Native people than other Canadians, according to a new poll.
The survey shows a majority of Canadians wouldn’t mind seeing some First Nations laws replacing federal and provincial laws in Native communities.
But in Quebec, 55 per cent oppose the idea or are neutral. In Ontario, 59 per cent strongly or somewhat agree with the idea.
The poll, published in The Ottawa Citizen and done for the Indian Affairs department, also showed that many more Quebecers (34 per cent) than other Canadians (11 per cent) believe that First Nations issues are treated with high priority by the government.
Quebecers were also the group with the lowest percentage— 14 per cent— who believe Native issues should be treated as a high priority by the feds.
There was one question in the poll which Quebecers answered identically to other Canadians.
Sixty-one per cent of all Canadians agree that the negotiation of self-government is an important element in the country’s well-being.
The poll was taken in early August, before the incidents at Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash Provincial Park.