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Tyee Poll: Should We Cancel Canada Day Celebrations This Year?

In light of the recent discovery of 215 buried children at a former residential school in Kamloops, many people believe this is a year to reflect, not celebrate.

The City of Victoria opted to cancel Canada Day festivities this year, followed by other municipalities across B.C. including Port Hardy and Penticton.

B.C. Premier John Horgan instead cited Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 “to collectively focus on how we can redress the wrongs of the past,” and did not call for other municipalities to pull July 1 festivities.

Meanwhile, #CancelCanadaDay is trending on Twitter, and groups such as Idle No More are calling for action in response to celebrations. With this in mind, we want to ask:

Should we cancel Canada Day celebrations this year?

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Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.

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