Nearly half of Canadians feel Canada’s diplomatic influence on the world stage has waned over the past decade of Conservative rule, says a survey released hours ahead of a leaders’ debate on foreign affairs issues.
Yet on most high-profile international issues, incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper is viewed as the best suited to represent Canada.
“It’s very contradictory,” says Shachi Kurl, spokeswoman for the Angus Reid Institute that conducted the survey.
For every survey respondent that feel Canada’s reputation is better today than 10 years ago, two feel it is worse — 21 per cent to 41 per cent, respectively. Thirty per cent say Canada’s reputation is the same and seven per cent are not sure.
“I think it does speak to the polarization and division of politics in this country,” Kurl says.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the choice of the largest proportion of survey respondents when it comes to representing Canada on issues of human rights and climate change.
But asked who would best