January 15, 2013
Public opinion against First Nations protesters
By DAVID AKIN, Parliamentary Bureau Chief
OTTAWA - Even as First Nations activists threaten blockades that could harm the economy, Canadian public opinion appears squarely set against those activists.
Ipsos Reid, in a poll released Tuesday, found that about two-thirds of Canadians believe Canada's aboriginal people's receive too much support from federal taxpayers; that aboriginal peoples are treated well by the government; and that most of the problems of native peoples are brought on by themselves.
That said, the poll also found that two-thirds of Canadians believe the federal government must act now to improve the quality of life for Canada's aboriginal peoples.