Public Opinion on Free Trade: October 2012

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Public Opinion on Free Trade: October 2012

Nanos Poll, analysis by the Huffington Post:

A quarter of a century later, Canadians remain split on whether the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States has made them better or worse off. But they are keen to sign new ones with Europe and the Pacific region.

A new survey from Nanos Research shows 33 per cent of Canadians believe the FTA with the United States has left the country better off, while 26 per cent believe we are worse off. Another 16 per cent say it has had no impact whatsoever.

Canadians are even more skeptical when it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which includes Mexico, as only 28 per cent say it has left Canada better off.

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Fully 40 per cent of Canadians think a free trade agreement with the EU would have a positive or somewhat positive effect on the economy, with only 16 per cent saying the effect would be negative. Canadians have a similar view on an agreement with the TPP, with 42 per cent saying it would be positive and 18 per cent negative.

Thought this was an interesting poll.

Even if I'm on the negative side of what I think NAFTA has done to this country, I find this poll encouraging. People ARE thinking about trade in critical terms, and know some deals are just unfair to Canada, and benefit businesses that treat workers the worst.