Poll: Canadians Want More Financial Accountability
With Aboriginals planning a blockade of a major bridge on Wednesday, as part of the Idle No More protests, comes some eye-opening results of a new poll provided exclusively to Newstalk1010.
The majority of Canadians say the hunger strike by Chief Teresa Spence has drawn the focus on accountability on Native reserves, rather than the plight of the Aboriginals.
Darryl Bricker from Ipsos Reid says 81% of Canadians say no extra money should go to any reserve, until external auditors can be put in place to ensure financial accountability.
Bricker says the last time a poll like this was done, was in 1989, during the Oka crisis. In the time since, Canadian concern for native issues hasn't really changed.
Bricker says the poll shows Canadians are concerned with the amount of money spent on Aboriginal affairs, and most (64%) think too much is spent.
As for if this whole issue has hurt Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bricker says 46% of respondents approve of him, which is actually more support that he had during the last election.
Protestors are planning on blockading the Ambassador Bridge between 11 and 2.
The poll was conducted between January 11th and the 14th and spoke with 1,023 Canadians.