The Anti-Terrorism Act and Security Measures in Canada: Public Views, Impacts and Travel Experiences
- 5.4 Impact
This section provides information relating to the perceived impact or effect that changes in security measures may have had on the participants. All data for this section may be found in Table 4 of Appendix B.
The majority (73%) of respondents indicated that they were not personally affected by any of the post-9/11 security measures; however, more visible minority participants felt that they were affected when compared to the responses of non-minority respondents (31% vs. 25%). The most common ways the participants were affected was by increased security at airports/delays in air travel (54%) and increased checks at customs/delays crossing borders (44%). Larger proportions of non-minority respondents reported experiencing increased security/delays in air travel when compared to minority respondents (57% vs. 44%).
The survey asked the respondents to comment upon the impact of the ATA and various related security measures on their immediate families. The majority (74%) of participants indicated that the ATA had no impact on their immediate families but more non-minority participants felt that the legislation had no impact on their immediate families compared to visible minority respondents (78% vs. 64%). When asked about the impact of the new security measures at borders and transportation centres on their immediate families, almost two-thirds (63%) felt there had been no impact. More non-minority respondents indicated the new measures had no impact on their immediate family when compared to visible minority respondents (65% vs. 56%) (see Figure 4). Lastly, the participants were asked about the impact Canadian law enforcement and national security agencies in Canada have had on the respondents' immediate families. Approximately three-quarters (73%) of the respondents indicated no impact; however, more non-minority respondents felt there was no impact when compared to visible minority respondents (76% vs. 65%).
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