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Poll says: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians suffering racial discrimination

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If you are a visible minority in Newfoundland and Labardor, you have a one in eight chance of being discriminated against, according to a recent survey by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

This poll shows that 13 per cent of residents have experienced racial discrimination in their lifetime, nine per cent of residents within the last five years and four per cent have experienced an incident more than five years ago.

The likelihood of experiencing racial discrimination in Newfoundland and Labrador is similar to that of New Brunswick (16 per cent), and Prince Edward Island (12 per cent), but is lower than that of Nova Scotia (22 per cent).

Newfoundland and Labrador residents under 35 are more likely than their older counterparts to have most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years.

“While on the surface, the percentage of those who have experienced racial discrimination appears low, it must be remembered that the percentage of visible minorities in Newfoundland and Labrador is also low,” said Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates in a news release Thursday.

“The results suggest, most, if not all, of those in visible minorities have faced some form of racial discrimination in the past,” he added.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 401 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents, conducted from Feb. 5-28, with overall results accurate to within plus or minus five percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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