Poll: Canadians Likely To Cut U.S. Travel As Trade Battle Heats Up
A poll conducted for the Globe and Mail by Nanos Research has found that as Ottawa hits back at the U.S. with countertariffs, many Canadians say they are prepared to exact their own personal retribution against Donald Trump’s trade war − by cutting back travel to the U.S. or boycotting American retailers or brands.
Nearly three in four Canadians say they are likely, or somewhat likely, to stop travelling to the United States because of the cross-border conflict started by the U.S. President.
More than seven in 10 Canadians also say they are likely, or somewhat likely, to boycott U.S.-made goods, the poll found. Nearly the same percentage also say they are likely or somewhat likely to stop shopping at U.S. retailers in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has responded to calls to buy Canadian or to travel domestically by saying recently that, “I am always one to encourage Canadians to discover our extraordinary country, to take vacations here at home, to continue to buy Canadian.”
The first serious tit-for-tat trade war between Canada and the United States in roughly half a century was set in motion June 1 after Mr. Trump slapped import taxes on Canadian steel and aluminum bound for the U.S. The President justified the tariffs by saying they were necessary to ensure American “national security” because they would expand U.S. capacity to construct its own tanks and warships.