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Most Canadians ‘uncomfortable’ with Prospect of Free Trade with China

Posted April 12, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Levon Sevunts – Radio Canada)

Almost nine out of 10 Canadians are uncomfortable with the idea of deepening economic ties with China, and two-thirds want the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tie any future trade deal with Beijing to progress in human rights, according to a new public opinion survey.

The Nanos Research survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted for The Globe and Mail last week showed that 88 per cent are “uncomfortable” or “somewhat uncomfortable” with the idea of allowing Chinese state-owned corporations to take over high-tech Canadian firms and lifting restrictions Chinese investments in Alberta’s oil sands.

The poll is accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“There is a significant level of concern and discomfort with an enhanced free-trade arrangement with China,” Pollster Nik Nanos told The Globe and Mail. “It is going to take a lot more work for the Liberal government to explain how free trade is good for Canada and how free trade with China will create jobs in Canada. Right now, I think it’s more of a blank slate.” Click here to read more.

Related: Views of Free trade Talks Between Canada and China (Nanos Research)