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ALMOST NOBODY LIKES THE NEXEN DEAL – December 7, 2012

GOVERNMENT FACES COLLISION WITH PUBLIC OPINION IN ANNOUNCING GO-AHEAD

[Ottawa – December 7, 2012] – A recent EKOS poll of 1,181 Canadians showed tough sledding ahead in selling the CNOCC offer to Purchase Nexen. While there is still flexibility in public opinion, the strength of current opposition will be a huge problem for those seeking to move forward. Barely 15% of Canadians support the deal with a picayune 3% supporting it strongly. On the other hand, 73% oppose with the plurality (42%) strongly opposed. Twelve per cent don’t know what their position is.

Even in Alberta, support only climbs to 29% and amongst Conservative supporters, the number is a similar 26%. Overwhelming opposition exists in pretty well all portions of Canadian society but it particularly staunch amongst NDP and Green Party supporters.

This remarkable public rejection is difficult to explain on the surface, but may link to hostilities and uncertainties about China and its rapid ascendance to global economic dominance. Whatever the sources, this will pose serious challenges to the government, which has just announced its plan to move forward with the deal. Stephen Harper does, however, share common ground with leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau, who has publicly supported the deal as well.

There may well be a sell on this deal to the Canadian public, but the evidence suggests that this will require considerable skill and effort. At this point, the public simply aren’t interested.

Click here for the full report: Full Report (December 7, 2012)

7 comments to ALMOST NOBODY LIKES THE NEXEN DEAL – December 7, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    Harper has badly misread the public on this one. Canadians do not trust China, and with good reason. For decades we have heard about human rights abuses, people disappearing, being imprisoned for absolutely no crime at all – the pet food scandals, maltreatment of animals, disregard for the environment, spying scandals – and the list goes on.

    We don’t want their tentacles to reach into our country; it may be that it’s a good deal for someone, but it won’t be for the average Canadian. What is China’s attitude towards the environment? What about the Chinese company whose name Premier Redford found it necessary to publish because they’ve defaulted on over $2 Million in wages owed to Canadians? Even if it is a good deal for Canada, which I doubt – Harper has gone too far.

  • Toby

    What difference does it make if China owns part of us at this point in time when we have an illegitimate government in Canada destroying us from the inside out. If we don’t take back our country from Harper we certainly won’t be able to control what China wants from us.

  • Ron S.

    This is treasonable. When the CONServatives are defeated in the next election, the government should immediately overturn the deal. The perpetrators of the deal should also be tried as traitors to Canada.

  • William Bevan

    The Nexen Deal or Any Deal: It’s time to take the politic’s, out of politic’s. The Government of Canada, must start coming clean with the facts on many issues, and start telling the people of Canada the truth. The F-35 is a prime example. Mr. Justin Trudeau, the rookie MP from Québec, is all over the board. He is trying to be all things,to all people. He suffers from a serious case of foot, and mouth disease. Study Mr. Justin Trudeau’s positions, and the flip flops he has taken, he follows the favourable winds. No matter how painful the issue,the best policy is to tell the people of Canada the truth. Canada, is on the road to becoming a failed State.
    Who’s got the courage to deal with the Separatist Government of Québec, we are talking national survival, is anyone listening in Ottawa? Politicians that go rotten, should be hung up by a meat hook, or face the chopping block of the guillotine!

  • william summers

    I have always been opposed to the communist regime . For harper to sell Canada out to a communist controlled company and country is an act of terrorism and treason . According to the portions of the policy I have read , they are allowed to pollute with no questions asked among other things . We basically have no control as to what they will do. When it comes to money , that’s all the Chinese are concerned with . The hell with everything but money . If you still have your stash buried , I think it is time we dig it up and show a force of arms before harper takes all our rights away to foreign forces . Wake up Canada ! A traitor is in our midst and we are just going to sit back and watch him destroy our country on t.v. . Harper has to go and so does the sale of nexen .

  • Dominique

    Frank, I’m intrigued by your new “Probit” methodology, however I couldn’t help but notice a couple of a apparent demographic biases in your sample of respondents. The first is that the gender ratio is heavily male-skewed, 58:42. The second, more minor, is that respondents aged 65+ only represent 16% of the sample, whereas Statistics Canada pegs that demographic at 18% of the population aged 15+ (and thus an even larger proportion of the “voting-age” population which your panel is presumably composed of). Would you care to comment on these observations? Cheers.

  • R. Taubman

    Harper, smarper. The sale isn’t going to hurt anyone, espcecially not Canada. I’m not a conservative supporter, but I don’t see anything wrong with the deal. Anyone care to go to China see just how many North American and European companies are manufacturing there? I think Harper said he was letting foreign countries, ie China in this case, invest in Canada, but that Canada was not for sale. There is a difference. If it was an American company, probably the uproar would not be as load. But because it is a Chinese company (ghasp!!!!!), it shouldn’t be allowed. Unless we are going to invest in ourselves, we shouldn’t be afraid to let others do it for us. Can’t have it both ways.