Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Oh, Canada! As Trade War Looms, Majority Of Canadians Say They Would Boycott U.S.

July 05, 2018 - 3:03 pm

Canadians aren't too keen about the trade war brewing between their country and their neighbor to the south.

In fact, according to a new survey conducted by Nanos Research for CTV News and The Globe and Mail newspaper, many Canadians say they would boycott U.S. goods and retailers and avoid travel to the U.S.

Forty-three percent of Canadians said they are "likely" to boycott U.S.-produced goods if there is a trade war. Twenty-nine percent said they are "somewhat likely" to follow through on such a boycott, CTV News reported.

Ten percent of respondents said they are "somewhat unlikely" to participate in such a boycott, while 16 percent said they are "unlikely" to do so.  

And 43 per cent claimed they are "likely" to stop shopping at U.S. retailers in Canada, while 25 percent they are "somewhat likely" to do so.

"The key takeaway here is that Canadians are ready to go to war with the United States when it comes to tariffs and retaliation, but they are extremely concerned about the negative impact that a poor relationship with the United States will have on the state of and strength of our economy," pollster Nik Nanos told CTV News.

As for curtailing or stopping travel altogether to the U.S., the survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians are "likely" to do so, whole 16 percent are "somewhat likely."