Canadians don’t trust U.S. President Donald Trump to treat Canada gently in upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiations, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.
The poll measured the public’s views on a range of topics related to Canada’s relationship with the U.S. under Trump’s presidency, and when it comes to the president’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA, Canadians are pessimistic.
More than two-thirds of Canadians said they don’t believe Trump when he says he plans to focus on Mexico during NAFTA talks, only making “tweaks” when it comes to Canada.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made remarks last week that appeared to contradict Trump’s reassuring tone, saying both Canada and Mexico should be prepared for big changes and serious concessions.
One-third of respondents said they believe Trump’s claim that Canada won’t be much affected. The remaining two-thirds agreed with the statement: “We can’t count on better treatment for Canada — he can so easily change his mind.”
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