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Many Canadians think Trudeau should take a tougher approach to diplomatic dispute with China: poll

Last Updated Feb 1, 2019 at 11:30 am PDT

Pedestrians walk past a Huawei retail shop in Beijing Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Almost all Canadians feel current tension between Canada, China "quite" or "very" serious, says poll

Slight majority of Canadians dissatisfied with how the Trudeau government has handled the dispute with China

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It appears most Canadians are unhappy with how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handled the diplomatic dispute with China.

Many Canadians (44%) believe Trudeau should be taking a tougher approach, according to a new poll.

(Source: Angus Reid)

Survey results from Angus Reid suggest almost all Canadians (92%) feel the current tension between Canada and China is “quite serious” or “very serious.”

But a slim majority (52%) are dissatisfied with the way the Trudeau government has been handling the situation.

(Source: Angus Reid)

About 55 per cent of those polled say Canada was right to arrest Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, whose detention is at the centre of escalating diplomatic tensions.


Meng was arrested at the request of the U.S. at YVR Airport in December.

Earlier this week, the U.S. formally requested requested extradition for Meng. It has charged Huawei, its subsidiaries, and Meng with 13 counts including fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

They are accused of lying to financial institutions in order to skirt sanctions against Iran.

China has demanded Meng’s release and has detained two Canadians and sentenced a third to death in apparent retaliation.

 – With files from Cormac MacSweeney