Canadians haven’t been this sour on the People’s Republic of China in at least a generation. A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that a mere 10 per cent of Canadians held a “favourable” view of the country. Only 15 years ago, by contrast, that figure was at 58 per cent. With the sole exception of Saudi Arabia, China is now the most disliked by Canadians. The most beloved? Germany.
Disinfowatch, a project started by researcher Marcus Kolga, makes it their business to keep an eye on foreign disinformation and propaganda targeting Canada. In a post this week, they delved into how Iran, China and Russia were capitalizing on the summer discoveries of unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools. Chinese state media has been hammering particularly hard on this issue, largely to deflect Canadian accusations that Beijing is perpetrating genocide against its Uyghur minority. Left unsaid, of course, is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the 2008 Residential School apology or the outpouring of public attention that accompanied the discoveries: Canada is instead accused of remaining “silent” on the issue.