HALIFAX – The CEO and Chairman of the Corporate Research Associates is responding to criticism following a poll that said the majority of Atlantic Canadians support the federal government in ‘value screening’ potential immigrants.
The poll showed that 68 per cent supported screening potential immigrants for Canadian values.
“One of the things we wanted to do was to see whether or not this was an issue with Atlantic Canadians,” said Don Mills. “To bury our head in the sand and not address and issue like this is not the right thing to do.”
Local immigration lawyer Lee Cohen criticized the survey calling it “borderline irresponsible.”
Mills disagrees with some of the criticisms of the poll.
“If we cant have a dialog about these kind of issues then we’re never going to resolve them,” said Mills.
Mills believes that asking hard questions in this form is important because it can give a voice to those who don’t want to publicly voice their opinion.
“We need to have conversations about it,” said Mills. “That is one of the reasons we do research as we do, to represent what I normally call the silent majority are not necessarily prepared to speak up.”
Mills said that now the results show that this it is an issue in Atlantic Canada, it’s now important to find out what residents consider Canadian values.