Ontario has been the recent hotspot, but it is curious that Ontario residents seem the most tolerate, relative to other regions:
As you may know, Aboriginal protesters have blockaded railway lines in recent weeks, as part of ongoing land claims disputes. Do you think these actions are justified?
Overall- 35% Justified, 56% Unjustified
Ontario- 41% Justified, 52% Justified
Based on party affiliation, Conservative are far less supportive, while NDP supporters are virtually split:
Cons 18% Justified, 78% Unjustified
Liberals 43% Justified, 52% Unjustified
NDP 47% Justified, 45% Unjustified
On speeding up land claims, strong support, with Ontario highest, Alberta lowest:
Overall 68% Agree, 20% Disagree
Ontario 76% Agree, 15% Disagree
Alberta 57% Agree, 30% Disagree
On this question, Liberal voters are more likely to support speeding up land claims:
Liberals 81% Agree, 12% Disagree
NDP 69% Agree, 26% Disagree
Conservatives 58% Agree, 29% Disagree
On the question of penalizing native bands, if federal money is used for blockades, a strong percentage of Canadians show support 67% to 17%. Again, Conservatives have the most rigid view at 85%, Liberals 63%, NDP 67%.
When it comes to doing more to deal with native poverty, Canadians are supportive:
Overall 60% Agree, 28% Disagree
Ontario 67% Agree, 25% Disagree
Alberta 54% Agree, 40% Disagree
A huge gap, based on party affiliation, with the Conservative supporters showing no conception of reality, while the Liberals outpace the NDP slightly:
Liberals 77% Agree, 18% Disagree
NDP 72% Agree, 21% Disagree
Conservatives 43% Agree, 45% Disagree
Andrew Coyne has a relevant column today, which supports the notion that rule of law must be respected.
Overall, Canadians show some sympathy, but draw the line at what is perceived to be "illegal" activity. I find the party affiliation breakdowns particularly fascinating, and IMHO the numbers make the Conservatives look intolerant, lacking any compassion, especially on the poverty question. The numbers support my thesis that the fringes of the Conservative Party are racist and lack basic human empathy. Deal with it.
The provincial breakdowns are surprising in one respect. Ontario has seen most of high-profile problems, yet on almost every question, the people are relatively supportive. I suppose that bodes well moving forward, so long as things remain somewhat calm and constructive.