COMPAS Poll/Survey
January 2, 2006

Increased Concern about Can-Am Relations: Martin’s Criticism of the U.S. More Serious Barrier to the Relationship than U.S. Ambassador’s Criticism

  A Weekly BDO Dunwoody CEO Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in the Financial Post
Policy and Opinion
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Long concerned about the state of Canada-U.S. relations, the CEOs and business leaders on the business panel are increasingly apprehensive about the situation under Prime Minister Martin.

In March, a majority thought that diplomatic relations had been frostier under Jean Chretien than any other recent Prime Minister and few thought that relations were frosty under Martin. Nine months later, the proportion singling out Chretien’s government has plummeted while the proportion identifying Martin’s government has doubled.

Sizeable majorities now feel that the decision against missile defence collaboration and Martin’s veiled criticism of the United States during the current campaign have been serious barriers to the relationship. A majority, albeit a much smaller majority, feel that the U.S. Ambassador’s criticism of the Prime Minister’s criticism was a serious barrier as well.

These are the key findings from the most recent web survey of the CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel, undertaken for the National Post under sponsorship of BDO Dunwoody LLP.

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