Thursday, February 12, 2009

Binational poll on NAFTA and energy policy

From Environics, a poll of 1,000 Canadians and 1,000 American respondents conducted between January 22 and February 1, 2009 :

" Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, allows corporations to sue member governments for compensation anytime they feel that government policies, such as environmental policies, might reduce their profits.
Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose energy companies being able to sue national governments for lost profits as a result of government policies? "

U. S. : SUPPORT 26% ... OPPOSE 71% ... DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3%

Canada: SUPPORT 23% ... OPPOSE 72% ... DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5%

That 23% of Canadians support foreign corporations doing an end run around locally elected governments is surprising till you remember the following related fun fact :
Percentage of eligible voters who voted for Steve in the last election : 22%

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