Selin ATAY-TDO- The national online survey which conducted by EKOS Research Associates on behalf of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Independent Jewish Voices Canada and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel showed that a strong majority of Canadians want the government to express opposition to Israeli annexation in contrast to PM Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy stance.
The national online survey of 1,009 Canadians, conducted under the “Canada's Foreign Policy Disconnected from Canadians' Views” heading, aimed to probe options of Canadians on international issues and foreign policy of Canada including Canada’s response to Israel’s recently announced intent to annex additional Palestinian territory, and Canada’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Also, the online survey investigated the public opinion on Canada’s commitment to combatting climate change and Canada’s contribution to international peacekeeping.
It is found that Canadians want their government to oppose Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. According to survey results; 74% want the government to express opposition to Israeli annexation in some form, while, 42% want Canada to impose economic and/or diplomatic sanctions against Israel.
The option of imposing sanctions against Israel are popular among supporters of the NDP (68%), Green Party (59%), Bloc Quebecois (54%), and Liberal Party (42%).
The survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates affirms that “Canadian foreign policy is out of touch with the preferences of Canadians.”, said in a statement issued by CJPME.
“These results demonstrate that if the Trudeau government wanted to take concrete steps beyond simple statements of opposition to Israeli annexations, there would be considerable support for imposing sanctions from within the Liberal Party, across most of the opposition parties, and generally within the Canadian public”, said in a statement.