More than half of Canadians support raising flags for Remembrance Day

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Canadian flags have been at half-mast since May to mourn those buried in unmarked graves found at former residential schools.

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Flags will indeed be raised — but lowered again to half-mast on government buildings on Remembrance Day.

According to a new Angus Reid poll , that decision likely doesn’t sit well with more than half of Canadians — 58% — who believe the flags should be raised to mark Nov. 11.

The poll — commissioned before the government revealed its plans — found that just less than  half (45%) of those surveyed feel Canadian flags should be back to full-mast going forward after Remembrance Day.

Another 25% want flags raised only when Indigenous groups are in agreement.

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About 17% of those surveyed hoped flags at federal government buildings would remain at half-mast for the rest of 2021.

On Nov. 5 the government announced flags will go back to full mast after Remembrance Day. They will then be lowered to commemorate important events, as in the past.

The poll shows 65% believe lowering the flag in the first place was the right thing to do. Only 21% disagreed with that decision.

The value of lowering the flag left people divided. Half (46%) thought the gesture was appropriate but should be followed by real action; another 43% thought it was mostly a political act.

Conducted Nov. 3-5, Angus-Reid surveyed 1,442 Canadian adults who are members of its forum. For comparison, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of 2.5%,  19 times out of 20.

lbraun@postmedia.com

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