Canadians’ views on China and tech giant Huawei have deteriorated over the past five months, a new poll suggests.
The Research Co. online survey found 67 per cent of Canadians polled think the country should not work to establish closer ties with China.
It also found two-thirds of respondents, or 68 per cent, think the federal government should not allow Huawei to participate in the development of Canada’s 5G mobile networks.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver i n December. She’s being sought for extradition to the U.S. on charges including bank fraud. The extradition proceedings have sparked an uproar, with China detaining two Canadians on espionage allegations, and banning several Canadian exports.
Research Co. says a majority of Canadians (72 per cent) agree with the way Canadian authorities have acted in the Meng case.
Agreement with the way Ottawa has handled this matter is highest among women (76 per cent), Canadians aged 55 and over (82 per cent) and Liberal Party voters in the 2015 federal election (86 per cent.)
Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., says they did a similar poll in February and at that time 57 per cent of respondents felt that Huawei should be barred from Canada’s 5G development.
With the latest poll, conducted from July 6 to July 9, the number has increased by 11 points to 68 per cent. Among British Columbians, 81 per cent said they don’t want Huawei involved.
Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow Huawei to supply 5G network equipment until after the October federal election, given the sour relations with Beijing, according to a Reuters story.
Sources told Reuters that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reluctant to move until the fate of two Canadians detained in China becomes clear.
The Research Co. survey of 1,000 adults in Canada carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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