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Poll: Canadians happy with Trudeau's response to Trump following G7 Summit

Daily Hive Staff Jun 15, 2018 3:49 pm 2,663

While US President Donald Trump may not have spoken very highly of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the recent G7 Summit in Quebec, Canadians are pleased with how Trudeau handled – and continues to handle – the situation according to a new Angus Reid poll.

A pair of new studies – conducted before, during, and after the fractious G7 Summit – found that 62% of those surveyed believe that Trudeau has handled his spat with Trump well, and 59% said the Trudeau government’s countervailing tariffs in retaliation to Trump’s on steel and aluminum is the right approach to take.

“Indeed, Canadians overwhelmingly favour taking a ‘hard’ approach toward trade negotiations with the Trump administration going forward, with 70% preferring to risk further angering the President rather than taking a ‘soft’ approach to try to win back and maintain his goodwill (30%),” said Angus Reid in a statement.

“Canadians overwhelmingly find Trump’s reaction to Trudeau’s statements about trade ‘inappropriate,’ with 81% saying he is acting erratically and damaging trust between allies.”

The tougher tone on trade from south of the border is also proving to be a political boon for the Prime Minister.

After a year of continually diminishing approval, Trudeau’s approval rating has jumped 12 points since the last time ARI asked Canadians to assess his performance and has regained the endorsement of a majority of Canadians (52%) for the first time since last fall.

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