Canadians more protectionist than Americans: Survey

The Canadian flag flies alongside the United States flag outside an hotel in this file photo....

The Canadian flag flies alongside the United States flag outside an hotel in this file photo. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

OTTAWA - Canadians strongly oppose Chinese, Indian or Russian control of the country's resources, but are less picky if Norwegians or Americans become owners, according to recent survey respondents.

The Abacus Data survey of 1,068 Canadians and 1,012 Americans suggests Canadians tend to be more protectionist than our neighbours to the south.

The feds are currently reviewing a $15-billion bid by China's state-owned CNOOC Ltd. to buy Calgary energy giant Nexen - a takeover opposed by the NDP, but endorsed by Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau.

The survey shows 63% of Canadian respondents oppose foreign ownership of a domestic natural resource company compared to 53% of Americans in the U.S.

The majority of Canadian respondents said they would support Norway over the U.S. (33%) controlling a resource firm, followed by Germany (31%), Brazil (24%) and then China (20%).

Americans, on the other hand, would roll out the welcome mat for a Canadian takeover (69%), followed by Norway (43%), Germany (41%) and Brazil (34%).

Participants in the survey commissioned by the Canadian-American Business Council were chosen at random from an online database of 150,000 Canadian French and English volunteers and 250,000 English-speaking Americans.

Abacus weighted the survey sample by age, gender, region, and education level according to the most recent census data. Its method is widely used and, according to the industry association of which the pollster is a member, is believed to be capable of producing accurate results. The survey was conducted Nov. 9-12.

Mark.Dunn@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: MarkDunnSun


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