Canadians bullish about developing trade ties in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canadians appear to be increasingly bullish about building closer ties with trading partners in the Americas, Europe and Asia, according to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, particularly in the level of support for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership currently being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim nations in Asia and the Americas. Supporters of the regulatory and investment treaty (who knew and understood it) outnumber opponents four-to-one.

Overall, 41 per cent of Canadians support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade deal aimed at expanding Canada’s ties with various national markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, among others. Eleven per cent oppose the idea. Importantly, almost half of all Canadians (48% per cent) either can’t say or don’t know how they feel about it.

Other key findings: Asked to make a choice between the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, Canadians tend to favour putting greater effort into our overall bilateral relationship with China – 58 per cent – versus 42 per cent choosing India.

And Canadian sentiment is closely divided on this country’s overall international competitiveness: 52 per cent believe Canada is “keeping up” versus 48 per cent who fear we are “falling behind.” Provinces dominated by production of oil (Alberta and Saskatchewan) were the most confident in Canada’s competitiveness, with three-in-five Albertans (59 per cent) and an even greater proportion of Saskatchewan residents (65 per cent) believing we are keeping up.

Canadians bullish about developing trade ties in Trans-Pacific Partnership: poll | Financial Post
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