Sur­vey says: Con­sumers happy with sta­tus quo

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The large ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans (92%) are happy with the range and qual­ity of dairy prod­ucts avail­able in Canada, and two thirds are sat­is­fied with prices, ac­cord­ing to a poll con­ducted by Aba­cus Data Inc.

By a broad mar­gin, 77 per cent, Cana­di­ans were in­clined to feel that “like the US and other coun­tries, Canada has poli­cies that are de­signed to sup­port a healthy Cana­dian dairy farm sec­tor and they work well enough to meet the needs of con­sumers too.”

Only 23 per cent chose the al­ter­na­tive ar­gu­ment that “Canada should change our rules and al­low more for­eign dairy prod­ucts to com­pete in our mar­ket be­cause it would mean more prod­ucts would be avail­able and pos­si­bly lower prices for con­sumers.”

Only seven per cent of re­spon­dents felt Canada ought to yield to pres­sure from the Amer­i­cans.

In every re­gion of the coun­try, and across ru­ral and ur­ban and all ma­jor party lines, a ma­jor­ity is sat­is­fied with the range, qual­ity and price of Cana­dian dairy prod­ucts.

More than 70 per cent in every re­gion, among both gen­ders, all age groups, among all ma­jor party sup­port­ers and across ru­ral and ur­ban Canada be­lieve Canada’s poli­cies are work­ing well enough. Only 23 per cent of Con­ser­va­tive vot­ers be­lieve Canada should open up mar­kets; that sug­ges­tion gets the sup­port of 24 per cent of Lib­eral sup­port­ers, and nine per cent of New Demo­cratic Party vot­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Aba­cus Chair­man Bruce An­der­son: “The Trudeau gov­ern­ment is not alone in fac­ing im­por­tant chal­lenges in our trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. Th­ese re­sults show that most Cana­di­ans want Ot­tawa to show a com­bi­na­tion of firm­ness and prag­ma­tism in deal­ing with trade ir­ri­tants, an in­stinct that prob­a­bly would ex­tend to other trade chal­lenges be­yond dairy as well.”

“For Canada’s dairy pro­duc­ers the re­sults show that Cana­dian opin­ion is more in­stinc­tively aligned with them than not – but in a qual­i­fied man­ner. Cana­di­ans will con­sider the over­all shape of the re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. and ex­pect their gov­ern­ment to mount a strate­gic de­fense of Canada’s in­ter­ests. That means de­fend­ing dairy pol­icy if nec­es­sary, but not nec­es­sar­ily pro­tect­ing dairy rules if other strate­gic in­ter­ests out­weigh that con­sid­er­a­tion.”

DE­TAILS: Nu­tri­tion facts have be­come re­quired read­ing for con­sumers.

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