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C-Suite survey indicates low approval for Canada’s economy, finances

A large majority of Canadian executives approve of the way Justin Trudeau’s government has represented Canada on the world stage, but the marks are lower on management of the economy and the government’s own finances.

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Executives polled in the latest C-Suite Survey gave the thumbs-up to the Liberal government's international efforts, but are less keen on its economic and financial performance.

A large majority approve of the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has represented Canada on the world stage, its work on international trade, and on its planned infrastructure spending. Just over half like Ottawa's climate change plans and just under half support policies on security and defence. The marks are lower on management of the economy and the government's own finances, and only a third approve of its actions on pipeline assessment and approval. In Western Canada, C-Suite approval of pipeline policies dips to 28 per cent.

Ken Seitz, chief executive officer of Canadian potash marketer Canpotex Ltd., said it is too soon to tell how effective the new government will be on the international stage. "I have seen plenty of photo ops," he said, "but there has been no engagement yet of any material nature; anything that has some weight. I have nothing to be able to judge them on."

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Richard Blackwell has reported on Canadian business for more than three decades. At the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail he has covered technology, transportation, investing, banking, securities and media, among many other subjects. Currently, his focus is on green technology and the economy. More

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