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NEWS: Poll finds 59% of Canadians oppose free-trade agreement with China

The Vancouver Sun reports on an Ipsos Reid survey, conducted exclusively for Postmedia News and Global TV, that finds:

  • 59 per cent say they oppose a free-trade agreement with China that would be similar to the one struck with the United States 25 years ago.
  • 56 per cent disagreed with the statement that ‘if Canada wants its oil and gas sector to grow, it needs to attract foreign investment from countries like China’.
  • 51 per cent support the idea of increasing trade with China

The poll also found:

  • 74 per cent of Canadians say the governing Tories should stop acquisitions if they are made by state-owned enterprises owned by a foreign government.
  • 68 per cent of Canadians believe the Conservative government should block the sale of Canadian firms to ‘all foreign investors’.
  • 61 per cent support the idea of increasing trade with Asia.
  • 56 per cent support the idea of increasing trade with India.

The article notes, “The results are from a poll conducted Dec. 7 to 12. For the survey, a sample of 1,021 Canadians from Ipsos’s Canadian online panel was interviewed online. The margin of error is considered to be 3.5 percentage points.”

For Council of Canadians campaign blogs in opposition to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?s=canada-china.