Taking a look at the recent earthquake in Nepal, around 500 Canadians were documented to be in the country at the time, and of course were the concern of family and friends back home.
The Angus Reid Institute asked surveyors a question regarding instances like this: When there’s a natural disaster in a foreign country, is it your responsibility to get back home, or your government’s to rescue you?
Senior Vice President of the Angus Reid Institute Shachi Kurl spoke to Jon McComb this morning and said the results were close, but Canadians feel the onus is on the government.
“There’s a majority view, but it’s hardly a consensus view … Canadians and survey respondents who talked to us did say it is the responsibility of government, but by a slim majority: 56%. Just over half.”
The rest said that, to an extent, it’s the individual’s responsibility, it’s entirely the individual’s responsibility, and a lot of folks skated the line and said it depends on individual circumstances.
The survey also addresses certain scenarios, and surveyors felt less sympathetic concerning travelling to countries where an earthquake can take place if that country is situated on a fault line. Half of those surveyed said Canadians who have to be rescued should at least try to foot some of the bill.
Kurl also noted that people who travel abroad more feel more responsible for getting themselves out of danger if it strikes.
Here at home, North Shore Rescue does not charge people, as they feel it will deter people from asking for help if they know they have to pay for their rescue.