immigrants: According to the Angus Reid Institute, 49 per cent of surveyed Canadians want to see the federal government's 2018 target of 310,000 immigrants reduced, indicating that Canada will have to work harder to maintain its position as a beacon of diversity in the world, Olga Stachova writes, according to Toronto Star. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star file photo This statistic is both startling and revealing because this is the first time since Justin Trudeau became prime minister that such a large number of Canadians are saying there should be fewer immigrants to Canada. According to the Angus Reid Institute, 49 per cent of surveyed Canadians want to see the federal government's 2018 target of 310,000 immigrants reduced. The Liberal government under Prime Minister Trudeau has raised the target for new permanent residents from approximately 250,000 under the Conservative government of former prime minister Stephen Harper. Extrapolate this poll finding and you will find a troubling consensus building across the political spectrum. The target for 2017 was 300,000, rising to 310,000 for this year and increasing incrementally in the coming years to 340,000 in 2020. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.