The country traditionally enjoys bipartisan support for high levels of legal immigration
The shock poll, by Reuters/Ipsos, found nearly half of Canadians want to deport illegal immigrants crossing into the country from America.
And a similar number – 46 per cent – were displeased with the prime minister’s efforts in handling the influx.
The country traditionally enjoys bipartisan support for high levels of legal immigration into Canada, but Mr Trudeau has come under criticism for steady flow of illegal migrants.
Some 41 per cent of adults asked in the poll said they thought the high numbers of illegal immigrants would make Canada less safe.
The controversial issue could present a major risk to Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government, as he faces grilling from the left and right over the situation.
Brian Lee Crowley, head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute public policy think-tank, said: “If people become convinced there’s a large uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants, I think that will be a very serious political issue for the government.”
The poll, conducted earlier this month, has revealed Canadians are nearly as disapproving of illegal immigrants as Americans.
The controversial issue could present a major risk to Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government
Some 48 per cent said they supported “increasing the…