The Globe and Mail is currently conducting an on-line survey to capture the attitude of Canadians toward immigration in the country. The National newspaper invites its readers to chart their perspective and compare their opinion to others. The survey basically asks two questions:
- How do you feel immigration affects Canada?
- How often do you interact with immigrants?
- Alberta: 82% frequently interact and 79% believe immigration is a plus.
- British Columbia: 79% and 77%
- Manitoba: 74% and 80%
- New Brunswick: 72% and 80%
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 76% and 77%
- Northwest Territories: 95% and 100%
- Nova Scotia: 73% and 84%
- Nunavut: 88% and 63%
- Ontario: 83% and 76%
- Prince Edward Island: 72% and 67%
- Québec: 88% and 86%
- Saskatchewan: 83% and 77%
- Yukon: 84% and 84%
English-speaking readers from Québec are the most bilingual in the country. French-speaking readers of the newspaper are obviously all bilingual. The Globe's readership from Québec is thus the most bilingual, compared to other parts of the country.
Given that bilingualism allows a greater variety of cultural productions than readers from other provinces, I submit that it is the main driver of this open-mindedness. What do you think?