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Justin Trudeau said it was up to Indigenous people to decide when the flags were handed over to the main pole, although it was not known who would make the call.

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Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe the flag, which has flown at half mast since the end of May, should be raised, according to a new poll from Maru Public Opinion.


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“The majority of people in all parts of the country and in all demographic groups are saying it’s time to move on,” pollster John Wright said.

Following the discovery of approximately 200 anonymous graves in the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, the flags of all federal buildings, including Parliament and embassies, were half masted.

The move, which is part of a wave of national mourning over the discovery of hundreds of anonymous graves at residential school sites across the country, recently became a political flashpoint.

In late August, as the federal election campaign began, Erin O’Toole, the Conservative leader, said Canada “should be proud to hoist its flag. During the Anglophone leaders’ debate, and in the days that followed, O’Toole argued that the flags should be handed over to the mainmast on September 30, National Truth and Reconciliation Day.


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“We will then hoist our flag as a sign of this commitment to building a stronger and better Canada for the future,” O’Toole told reporters. “I said I am very proud of our country despite the scars of our past. As Prime Minister, reconciliation will be at the heart of our government. “

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Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, said it was up to Indigenous people to decide when the flags returned to the main pole, although it was not clear who, precisely, would be the group that would make the call.

“I plan to keep these flags at half mast until it is clear that Indigenous peoples are happy to hoist them again,” Trudeau said.


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A large majority of Canadians, 78 percent, believe lowering the flag was the “appropriate response” to finding the graves, according to the poll. It was a more popular view among women – 85% supported it versus 71% of men.

“Women and youth were the most likely to be affected by this, which shows right now that they’re still the most likely to say we should keep the flag up,” Wright said.

Those most likely to approve the initial lowering of the flag were in Manitoba / Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada, at 84 percent, followed by 78 percent in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, and 71 percent. one hundred in Alberta.

However, only 41% believe the flags should still be at half mast three and a half months later. The most likely to approve it being lowered further are those in Quebec at 45 percent, followed by Ontario at 43 percent, Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 42 percent, British Columbia at 39 percent, Atlantic Canada at 34 percent and Alberta at 33 percent. Forty-seven percent of Canadian women believe it should still be at half mast, compared to 35 percent of men.


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Sixty-three percent of Canadians say the flags should be raised on October 1, compared to 37 percent who believe the flags should stay lowered until a deal is reached.

The poll does not mean that people believe reconciliation has been addressed or that the problem is gone. On the contrary, Wright said, is that “since it’s been lowered, it has to end somewhere, and that’s where, for them, it should end.”

The opinion that the flag should be hoisted is most popular in Alberta at 71 percent, and lowest in British Columbia at 55 percent, with Ontario at 62 percent, Atlantic Canada at 63 percent, Quebec at 56 percent and Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 69 percent.

Since the end of May, there have been six times that the flags would normally have been lowered.


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They include the death of Bill Davis, the former premier of Ontario, the June 6 attack on Muslims in London, Ont, which left four people dead, and a national day of commemoration for firefighters.

In all of these cases, the flags would not be lowered to mark dates because the flags are already lowered, say notices on the Department of Canadian Heritage’s website.

The poll questioned 1,514 Canadians on September 13 and 14 who are panelists of Maru Canada Voice, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20.

– With additional reporting from The Canadian Press

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