Half of Canadians will not see the Beijing Olympics, research show

Almost half of Canadians haven’t watched the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, according to a new survey, but 60% say Canada should boycott the game for China’s human rights record.

The tournament started today in China. Many countries, including Canada, have imposed a diplomatic boycott on this event. In other words, we will not send government representatives or diplomats to the convention because of Beijing’s human rights violations.

online voteAccording to Research Co., 47% of respondents said they would consciously try to refrain from watching the game in Beijing.

Polls also show that 59% of respondents believe Canada should completely boycott the game for Beijing’s human rights record.

“A significant majority of Canadians in Quebec (66%) and British Columbia (66%) are in favor of a complete boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics,” Research Co President Mario Canseco said in a news release. It is stated in. “Support for a complete boycott is also high in Canada’s Atlantic coast (58%), Ontario (57%), Manitoba and Saskatchewan (56%).”

China’s communist regime is consistently listed as one of the worst human rights abusers in the world in reports issued by human rights groups such as: Freedom House..

According to the organization’s 2021 report, in 2020, Chinese authorities tightened restrictions on religious practices by Chinese Buddhists, Christians, and Islams throughout China under the regulations on religious affairs of 2018. The persecution of the banned spiritual movements continued unabated. “

Just a few weeks before the game began, a Beijing court sentenced Falun Gong practitioner and artist Xuna to eight years in prison for providing photos and information to the Epoch Times during the early CCP virus outbreak in China. Was sentenced to.

The Chinese administration has arrested or punished many who seek to reveal information about the CCP virus, including Dr. Li Wenliang, who was one of the first to warn of a new deadly virus in China in early 2020. Did.

“The world must pay attention to the lessons of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when the Chinese government did not fulfill its promise to improve human rights,” said Alkan Akad, a Chinese researcher at Amnesty International. statement January 14th.

“The Beijing Winter Olympics should not be allowed to pass as a mere sporting opportunity for Chinese authorities, and the international community should not be involved in the propaganda movement.”

The Beijing Olympics will be held from February 4th to February 20th.

According to a Research Inc. survey, 72% of respondents are concerned about the health and safety of Canadian athletes participating in the game.

The Research Co. survey was conducted in Canada from January 21st to January 23rd, with 1,000 people. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 out of 20.

Omid Ghoreishi


Omid Ghoreishi is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.