This week’s web-panel survey stems from the ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) summit in Montreal. Business leaders are of two minds when it comes to the WTO. On the one hand, they tend to believe that the government should continue to work with the WTO on global trade issues. On the other hand, their confidence in the ability of the WTO to handle and resolve trade disputes does not rank highly.
When it comes to Trade Minister Pettigrew’s demands that the United States reduce agricultural subsidies, business leaders offer no clear consensus as to what his ultimate intentions may be. But respondents generally agree that by making these demands upon the U.S., Canada should be prepared to abandon the present supply-management quota system. These are the key findings from the Financial Post/COMPAS survey of business leaders and CEOs.
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