More Canadians Prefer to Reduce Trade with Communist China

A new survey by a pollster shows that more Canadians prefer to do less trade with the Chinese Communist Party.

In a survey of 1,048 Canadian adults commissioned by CTV, pollster Nanos asked them about their attitudes toward future trade relations between Canada and China. 45% of respondents said they believe Canada should do less trade with the Chinese Communist Party, while only 10% said it should do more.

The poll’s founder, Nik Nanos, called the latest results “staggering” in terms of the four times more Canadians who prefer less trade than those who think it should increase.

“It shows there’s not a lot of willingness, people have reservations and are worried about the risks.” “People are worried about doing more business with the Chinese Communist Party, which is big news because China is the world’s second-largest economy,” Nanos said Monday (Jan. 11) on the Power Play current affairs discussion TV show.

Regionally, 46.6 per cent of respondents in Ontario and British Columbia were happy to see Canada doing less trade with the Chinese Communist Party; in Quebec, 36.4 per cent said trade should remain at current levels.

Nanos said Canadians, both young and old, and living in the East, West and Centre, generally believe that it is politically inopportune to increase trade with China at this time.

Tensions between China and Canada grew after Canada arrested huawei‘s finance director Meng Wanzhou, who was charged with fraud and other crimes, on Dec. 1, 2018, in response to a U.S. extradition request. Since then, the Chinese Communist Party has arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, blocking most shipments of Canadian canola, beef and pork to China.