Confused debate watchers chimed in. What exactly is an "old-stock" Canadian?
Because "old-stock" may have some differing interpretations...
Old stock Canadians??? How old do you need to be? Cuz if we go far enough back I'm thinking that's not who the CPC thinks it is.— Kevin Brushett (@KTBrushett) September 18, 2015
BREAKING! Stephen Harper makes reference to "old stock Canadians"; Canada's indigenous people sputter, "Say what?"— CC (@canadiancynic) September 18, 2015
But many people were simply put off by the clear racial undertones of the term.
All jokes aside, "old stock" is a term for one's racial makeup. It's a term I have not heard a politician use publicly in a long time.— Adam Stirling (@Adam_Stirling) September 18, 2015
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.
However, the poll didn't differentiate which respondents were "old-stock".