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Canadians continue to strongly support the Canadian dairy sector

May 03, 2018

A new study by Ipsos shows that Canadians stand firmly behind the Canadian dairy sector, and want the federal government to do even more to defend them during the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canadians continue to strongly support their dairy farmers. Results from the poll can be found here.

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A strong majority of Canadians agree that the federal government should defend Canada’s dairy farmers in the NAFTA renegotiation

75% of Canadians believe that the federal government should make more efforts to defend the Canadian dairy sector in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation

The number of Canadians who want to see more done by the federal government to defend the Canadian dairy sector during NAFTA negotiations is very high.

The large majority of Canadians (75%) believe the Canadian dairy sector should be defended and that the federal government should make more effort to do so at the NAFTA negotiating table, according to an Ipsos poll conducted between April 26 and 27, 2018. Three Canadians out of 4 agree that the Canadian dairy sector should be defended in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation, with almost half of all Canadians (46%) in total agreement with this statement, and this sentiment is stronger in Quebec and Ontario. Additionally, 8 Canadians out of 10 share Canadian dairy farmers’ concerns with regard to the NAFTA renegotiation and the potential concessions that could result from this renegotiation.

Interestingly, the ability of the government to protect the Canadian dairy industry is likely to impact Canadians’ votes in the upcoming election: 6 Canadians out of 10 declare that the extent to which the federal government will protect the interests of Canada’s dairy industry will have an impact on their vote in the upcoming election. A quarter of respondents state that it will affect their vote a lot.

Further to this, 9 Canadians out of 10 believe U.S dairy products should be subject to the same standards as Canadian products and that this should be part of the terms of the new NAFTA agreement. Seven Canadians out of 10 totally agree with this opinion.

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