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New polling shows Canadians think another Trump presidency would deeply damage Canada

While experts and pundits are expressing a wide range of opinions about what a Trump return to the White House could mean, our research shows some 62 percent of Canadians believe it would be a bad thing for the country while 13 percent see it as a good thing.

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John Williamson

Canadians should look at their economy, their national finances, thus growth in government spending, the aisles of their public sector and their productivity and realize that the leadership they should be in most fear of is local…

5th April 2024 at 8:02 am
Peter Byrne

I’m not surprised Canadians oppose a Trump Presidency. We continue to eagerly vote for Socialism in all its colours of the rainbow with no real thought to the economic catastrophe it rains down upon us. Trump is loud, boorish, and a bull in a china shop. But he is also a rare protector of Democracy, Free Speech and Free Enterprise in a world becoming increasingly Orwellian. Democracy is nearly dead on Planet Earth. I’ll take anyone who fights to retain what shreds of it remain.

5th April 2024 at 7:31 am
Alan Percival

Trump 2024. To save democracy in N. America

5th April 2024 at 9:22 am
Michael F

The man who incited an insurrection because his pathological narcissism couldn’t process loss? That guy is a defender of democracy?

5th April 2024 at 10:55 am
Michael B

That could apply equally to our side of the border.

5th April 2024 at 1:39 pm

Trudeau has a 1% chance of winning the next election. Better break out the hanky lol!

5th April 2024 at 10:41 pm
Michael F

Exactly who incited an insurrection in Canada? However, we do have one political leader who brought coffee and donuts to the mob that occupied downtown Ottawa. A mob rife with conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and thugs.

5th April 2024 at 2:05 pm
Paul Attics

A leader that acted to not pass the presidency through fraud and bullying, and was forced out is a defacto danger to democracy.
The answer to suboptimal democracy is not less democracy.

5th April 2024 at 8:34 am
Dave Collins

…. and yet there was no end to what the Democrats were prepared to do to prevent a Trump election win. Can I prove election fraud, no, but there is enough to say that something stunk.

5th April 2024 at 9:38 am
Michael F

You are a perfect example of the Trump cult. Despite all available rational evidence that proves contrary to your beliefs, you still cling to an outlandish idea.

5th April 2024 at 10:58 am
Paul Attics

Well, for some ‘people are saying’ innuendo from key tribe voices is all they need.
Responsible citizens require and respect evidence, whether favorable to their tribe or not.

5th April 2024 at 9:46 am
Liz Sullivan

Shouldn’t Canadians be more concerned about another term of Trudeau as Prime minister?

5th April 2024 at 10:42 am
Paul Attics

As with many things, it is not, nor was it asserted in the article, that the risk of a Trump presidency should be our top, or only, concern….obviously.

5th April 2024 at 11:10 am

Surprise, surprise. I’m not shocked that the sheep who’ve kept Trudeau in for 3 terms would also vote for the demented Biden. They love being taxed to death and can’t think for themselves.

5th April 2024 at 7:47 am
Alan Percival

Agreed Trump 2024. Save N.America from these nworder communists.

5th April 2024 at 9:23 am
Michael F

And there you have it. Scratch a Trump supporter a little and reveal a bigot. Are you proud of the discourse here today Hub editors?

5th April 2024 at 11:00 am
Paul Attics

Amazing, eh? It is almost like Trump supporters live in a different reality, a reality in which nuance, trade-offs, and hard decisions don’t exist apparently, and the world is falling apart, yet again, unless their guy saves it.

5th April 2024 at 8:31 am
Paul Nesbitt

What can be more damaging than the 2 terms under Trudeau and the liberals? Seriously, how can it get worse? Canada should get it resources to market without interference, thats our strength and our saving grace. Chuck the woke shit aside, and get back on track.

5th April 2024 at 10:48 am

These stats seem made up, if you follow mainstream news Trump would be bad, however if you dig deeper & research you would know he would be good for Canada. If you like Trudeau, you likely don’t drive, but your own groceries or own a home, Trudeau has implemented excessive taxes on all the above & more, while sending your tax dollars out of our country.

5th April 2024 at 8:02 am
Alan Percival

Agree. Trump 2024 save democracy in N.America

5th April 2024 at 9:24 am
Paul Attics

“These stats seem made up,”
Ah, someone who has done their research, causally discards actual but unfavorable data, yet only shares feelings about what things would be like. Trump supporter approach in a nutshell.

5th April 2024 at 8:40 am
Paul Attics

An essential prerequisite for supporting Trump is to deny the objective reality of his behavior.

To acknowledge the verified long and ongoing litany of grift, lies, bankruptcy, insults, self-dealing, stiffing contractors, fraud, infidelity, corruption, assaults of women, and just bizarre behavior and still support Trump would make one a bonafide deplorable.

If he was part of a team rather than a party of one, his many fatal flaws could possibly be overlooked. However, it is about him and only him, the fortunate man child. As such, one must deny reality on a continuous and escalating basis to square the circle of supporting such a terrible person for any public trust, let alone leader of the most powerful nation on our planet.
(end rant)

5th April 2024 at 8:24 am
Kim Morton

This poll must have been conducted deep in the heart of liberalland.
Of the seven items listed as concerns, four are good
Forcing Canada to live up to its NATO commitments-Good
Restricting illegal immigration from Canada-Good
Increasing domestic oil and gas production-Fantastic
Cutting subsidies to Evs -Good
Those worried about increased tariffs need only look at what Biden did to softwood lumber to see where the real danger lies.
The real danger lies in letting the left continue to destroy our economy and way of life.

5th April 2024 at 10:29 am
Paul Attics

There is a hierarchy of attributes that should be considered for our elected leaders, like Mazlow’s famous hierarchy of needs pyramid.
I would place sincere support of our democratic practice at the base, followed by adherence to a baseline ethical standard. Governance, ideaology, and vision in the middle, with policy and execution at the top.

Trump spectacularly fails at the base of the pyramid and should never be considered worthy of any public office. It seems, thankfully, most Canadians agree. Hopefully in November, a electoral college majority of America’s voters also agree.

5th April 2024 at 8:10 am
Paul Attics

To extend/belabor the elephant metaphor, a Trump presidency would be an elephant with a cruel disposition and subject to frequent and unpredictable spasms.

5th April 2024 at 7:57 am
Gord Edwards

It is an old joke that Canadians like nothing more than talking about the weather. But fixing your roof is a much better use of your time than complaining about the rain.

Yes, Trump is con man who’s only demonstrated skill is self promotion. But we’ve always lived beside the elephant and had to contend with its twitches. The relevant question is: how to change Canadian political culture such that we prioritize American-proofing our economy and our international relations? Which is not to say ‘anti-American’ policy but ‘less-reliant’ policy.

Speculating about a potential future Trump 2.0 policy agenda is worthwhile (such analysis should be part of the Cdn establishment response to any US election cycle). But in a practical (why are we vulnerable and what can we do about it) way. Not a pearl clutching, morally righteous condemnation of ‘deplorables’ sort of way.

That fact that 45% of respondents believed a second Trump term would jeopardize the protection of reproductive rights of Canadian women indicates to me that the CBC has more viewers than the statistics I’ve seen recently have indicated…

5th April 2024 at 9:32 am
Michael F

You can see his fingerprints all over the current situation with reproductive rights in the US with his SCOTUS appointments. Why wouldn’t women be concerned about this sweeping across North America?

5th April 2024 at 11:07 am
Gord Edwards

Because SCOTUS decisions have no authority or relevance in Canada or any other country except the USA. And we have a different Constitution.

If your concern is people having different opinions on the subject and a public debate on the issue, that is a different matter. But a serious Canadian political party taking on the abortion debate is one thing I’d say is next to impossible.

5th April 2024 at 2:16 pm
Don Morris

I don’t like Trump but I will not succumb to the fear mongering on the subject of another Trump presidency. Our media, led by our politicians, do nothing BUT fear monger on every issue from climate change to covid to war to Trump, instead of doing a little fact finding and as Barack Obama once said, “remain calm”.
The world survived Trump 1, there’s no reason to believe we won’t survive a Trump 2 presidency. Perhaps if we have leadership by adults they will be better able to deal with people like Trump, Xi Jinping and Putin.
Trump will still face the same American system of checks on his authority so I’m not particularly worried that another Trump presidency will be the end of the world as we know it.

I fear another four years of a Justin Trudeau majority government or another Liberal/NDP coalition more than I do trump.

5th April 2024 at 12:01 pm

Trump cost this country millions in calming the elephant and stole all the oxygen out of this country for years. This time round he wants absolute power, and totally quash the rule of law. The US will have seen the last of its democracy with another trump appearance. every intelligent being on the planet wants to see the end of him.

5th April 2024 at 4:34 pm
Michael F

Then you clearly don’t understand what Steve Bannon is doing behind the scenes in the US.

5th April 2024 at 12:43 pm

Some of the comments below are clearly from the Trump celebrity cult. Let’s be clear, not liking a bully does not equate to loving Trudeau’s policies. Democracy is in trouble indeed if this reasoning is the basis for our votes.

Trouble with Trump is it’s hard to get past his meanness, name-calling, narcissistic, vengeful, and all the traits you wouldn’t want to see in your sons and daughters, to actually take a serious look at his politics. A country leader should be held to certain standards, and this, to me, automatically disqualifies Trump.

Plenty of other Republican leaders would adopt the same political stances Trump does, without inciting violence and hatred against those holding opposing views. I would hope we can defend right wing policies and remain cicilized in our exchanges with the left, and vice-versa. That, I think, would define our Canadianness.

5th April 2024 at 11:26 am

I don’t believe that Canadians fel that way for a second!! Trump needs to win! Drain the swamp!! Crimnal dems no different than the criminal tyrant in our Country

5th April 2024 at 10:30 am
Paul Attics

Perfection. [chef’s kiss]

To be specific…
-The absolute certainty
-The wishful thinking
-The dismissal of uncomfortable information
-The typos
-The hyperbole
-The use of terms like ‘criminal’ and ‘tyrant’ to describe political opponents
-Echoing the catch phrases of the exalted leader

Hopefully this is a troll. I don’t believe that a mostly functioning Canadian adult could actually post this sincerely…just kidding sadly, I do believe it.

5th April 2024 at 11:22 am
Michael F

And to see these types of comments here, a boutique news source that is supposedly a cut above the so-called MSM, is especially disturbing. The HUB positions itself as a place for informed discussion. I hope they see what they are attracting and what they are reaping. It’s frankly scary we have so many willfully ignorant people in this country.

5th April 2024 at 12:40 pm
Gord Edwards

Based on what I generally see in these comments there is a pretty wide mix of extreme/uninformed right and extreme/uninformed left. Good for the Hub on attracting a wide audience.

5th April 2024 at 2:59 pm
Michael B

“Stop worrying about what they’re going to do and start thinking about what you’re going to do.” -U.S. Grant

5th April 2024 at 1:49 pm
Al turcotte

I believe it would agood thing if Trump gets elected look at the mess thier in and look at the mess we are in

5th April 2024 at 10:45 am
Michael F

Go look at the current economic statistics in the US and get back to us.

5th April 2024 at 11:04 am
Paul Attics

Can you describe the mess that they are in? Just two or three evidence supported specifics should be easy…

5th April 2024 at 11:04 am
Laura Blutstein

Nothing worse than Trudeau would vote for Trump

5th April 2024 at 7:50 am
Paul Attics

Support of one should not be contingent upon the other. Why support either?

5th April 2024 at 8:26 am

Canadians who say that they would vote for Biden are not seriously following US politics. They are reading/watching CBC and The Globe and Mail and think that they are informed. NOT.

5th April 2024 at 9:30 pm
Ian Gray

What will greatly raise the risk is if Trudeau remains in his position.

5th April 2024 at 5:09 pm
Enyaw Nerraw

Biden’s full political brother is Trudreau and until both are gone both country’s economies will be dead before this year is out. Both these clowns are so tied to Iran , Russia and especially China that are buying all the Agriculture , Mining and MNufacturing

5th April 2024 at 4:33 pm
Robert Gray

Canada will benefit if Trump wins. A strong USA should help boost Canada’s economy as well and we can possibly get back being there largest trading partner.

5th April 2024 at 4:31 pm

As the old saying goes, this is not your parent’s Republican party; Trump is not suitable for the presidency. On the other hand, Democrats have been maintaining the status quo; they have not met the needs of many Americans. Regardless of who wins the US election, we NEED strong leadership in our Canada following this on-going, historic leadership fail that we have right now. Fall 2025 can not come soon enough!

5th April 2024 at 3:52 pm
Annie Bray

TRUMP will be good for Canada. He knows we are true blue and will stand by Americans. Americans will support us also. He knows what boy blunder is up to concerning how our country is being run down hill. We never really know what is going on in higher places as the news media wants to keep it that way.
Where did you take this polling?

5th April 2024 at 3:13 pm

We run our own country, and trumps opinion and actions mean nothing to us. He will be caged and muzzled like the mad dog he is soon enough.

5th April 2024 at 4:36 pm
Annie Bray

Just like I said, you believe the media. So sad …

6th April 2024 at 10:01 am
Shirley J.

I don’t where they were polling, but in the west the Biden/Harris admin is an absolute disaster. One doesn’t have to like the Donald, but he gets things done for the good of the USA and by extension for Canada!

5th April 2024 at 2:33 pm
Julie Varney

If this poll is true, and I don’t really believe it is, but if it was it would be a very, very sad commentary on Canadians.. President Trump is the most PATRIOTIC PRESIDENT of all time!! He loves America and her people, he wants only what is best for every day Americans..check out Conservative news casts and see the glaring difference between the Democrats and the Conservatives….same thong going on here..the so-called Liberals are anything but!! They’re all about control.. control of EVERYTHING!! I dare you to open your freaking eyes to see what’s really happening..

6th April 2024 at 12:13 am

There isn’t anything Trump could or would, do to harm Canada that Justin Trudeau hasn’t already done and more. Trump would not destroy our economy, healthcare, housing, freedom of speech, immigration and defense policies, to name a few, like Trudeau has done in earnest since 2015. Anyone who believes this, has been guzzling too much liberal goo from the bought off main stream media like the CBC, CTV, and the Toronto Star tabloid. Liberals in Canada are about to be eradicated and Heads are exploding all over social media. Sympathy??? “NONE” LOL!

5th April 2024 at 10:39 pm
Jack Berger

Interesting that we should feel outside influences such the possibility of Trump being President would have a negative impact on Canada when we are already doing a fine job of destroying what used be proudly Canadian. An old expression, when one points a finger one should be aware that three are pointing back. Let’s us individually commit to getting Canada back on track.

5th April 2024 at 9:10 pm

I thought I had seen it all about how stupid Canadians are but this tops it. Worried about trade? Americans will always put business first especially if it is to their advantage, which with our weak dollar and getting weaker is a huge advantage to the US. LaLast be very concerned about the road the liberals have taken by siding with terrorist and communist networks .

5th April 2024 at 2:15 pm
Paul Attics

Are these “terrorist and communist networks” one network or is it a mix of some that are strictly communist or strictly terrorist?
A little clarification, at least for the ‘stupid Canadians’, could be helpful. LOL

5th April 2024 at 6:46 pm
Xiaoming Guo

Facebook ban this article in the name of Canadian Law.

5th April 2024 at 11:24 am

As is always the case with the media, I think this poll is extremely misleading.
Canadians are not afraid of President Trump per se. Trump has the best interests of his country as his priority. If something is not right for the USA, then he will take action. This is what a TRUE LEADER does for his country. Unlike Prime Minister Poopy Pants here in Canada. The people of Canada know that we have a weak, useless leader who will not stand up for Canadian interests. And that is why this poll says that Canadians are afraid of President Trump as they know that he will make a fool of Turdeau.

6th April 2024 at 4:12 pm
Xiaoming Guo

We witness the rapid advancement of technology. Should the advancement of technology increase productivity? Theoretically, yes. Yet why is the productivity stale? Since the Trump trade war against China, the world supply chain interrupted. The US isolationism makes the world economy less productive. The new cold war kills our economy.

5th April 2024 at 11:06 pm