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Canadians See China as the Biggest Threat: Survey

A recent survey shows that most Canadians now consider China, instead of Russia, to be the biggest threat to Canada. The survey (pdf) is a part of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) project which aimed to understand Canadians’ views of their country’s position in the post-COVID world, and how they see other countries as allies and adversaries. The findings revealed the most significant number of negative views Canadians have toward China ever recorded by the MLI. A total of 73 percent of Canadians see China negatively, while only 7 percent have an at least moderately positive view. By contrast, Russia is also viewed negatively by 72 percent of Canadians, while it is seen in a positive light by 7 percent of the interviewees. China topped the list among the four countries which Canadians considered to be a “serious threat to Canada,” followed by Russia, Iran, and the United States. “China has replaced …