Canadians sympathize with Ukraine but resist direct military intervention: poll within Commonwealth


Canadians sympathize with Ukraine and believe Congress should do everything possible to stop a Russian aggression, according to an internal poll conducted for the federal government, but Canada We do not wish to be involved in direct military intervention.

‚ÄúDelegates reiterated their desire to help Canada as much as possible with the Canadian military or NATO taking a more direct role in the defense of Ukraine, but this could further escalate the conflict, potentially The Privy Council report entitled “Continued Qualitative Data Collection of Canadian Views” said.

The report, first obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter, was based on findings drawn from focus groups held across the country from March 3-30.

Russia launched an attack on Ukraine on February 24th. Since the invasion began, Western powers have imposed a series of economic sanctions targeting Russia’s banking system, state-owned enterprises and oligarchs. This is intended to undermine the Kremlin’s ability to raise military funds. motion.

Canada has banned imports of Russian crude oil, provided $1.95 billion in federal loans, and provided more than $626 million in military aid to help Ukraine. Canadian aid to Ukraine has totaled $3.1 billion since February.

“Potential escalation”

Despite the measures being taken, most respondents said they did not believe the aggression would stop any time soon and that Ukraine’s plight could get worse.

“Many concerns were repeated about the possibility of a larger conflict and the possible deployment of nuclear weapons by Russia, and few felt that the conflict would soon end,” the report said. the book says.

Respondents, including those opposed to direct Canadian military intervention, acknowledged that “neighboring countries” could also be at risk if Russia continued to invade Ukraine.

“Many participants shared concerns that other neighboring countries could be attacked if nothing is done to stop Russia’s advance into Ukraine,” the report said.

in him virtual voice Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the House of Representatives on March 15 that Canada should do more, including supporting a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

“Please understand how important it is for us to close airspace from Russian missiles and Russian aircraft,” Zelensky said. “Can you imagine Toronto’s famous CN Tower being bombed by the Russians?”

To this day, neither NATO nor Canada have supported Zelensky’s proposal, with officials claiming it would only lead to war with Russia.

Isaac Theo

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.