VIDEO: Um, what exactly IS an "old stock Canadian," Stephen Harper?

During Thursday night's Globe and Mail debate, when asked about refugee policy, Stephen Harper said that taking away health care for claimants was something "old-stock Canadians" could agree with.

Confused debate watchers chimed in. What exactly is an "old-stock" Canadian?

 Because "old-stock" may have some differing interpretations...

But many people were simply put off by the clear racial undertones of the term.

 

For the record, the government's own polling data showed that 62% of Canadians believed that refugee claimants should have the same health care as Canadian residents and citizens.

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However, the poll didn't differentiate which respondents were "old-stock".

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