A strong majority of Canadians believe the RCMP has a problem with systemic racism, but they are divided on whether they have confidence that the force can fix it, according to a new poll conducted by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail.
The poll, which asked Canadians about their views on systemic racism in the national police force, found that four in 10 Canadians, or 40 per cent, believe the RCMP has a problem and have confidence they can fix it.
Additionally, 35 per cent of Canadians believe the RCMP has a problem with systemic racism but do not have confidence they can fix it.
Another 14 per cent said the force does not have systemic racism, and 12 per cent were unsure.
The issue has been a matter of public scrutiny after recent police shootings that resulted in death, and an incident in which an Inuk man was hit with the door of an officer’s vehicle in Nunavut.