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Over Half of Canadians Dislike Tories' Foreign Policy Direction: Poll
Date: Thursday, November 02 2006
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Embassy, November 1st, 2006
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By Lee Berthiaume

Over Half of Canadians Dislike Tories' Foreign Policy Direction: Poll
Public support for the government has taken a turn for the worse as a new poll shows Canadians feel Harper's foreign policy is too aligned with the U.S.

A majority of Canadians disapprove of Canada's foreign policy direction since the Conservatives took power, and support for Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan is dropping, a new survey has found.

The online poll of 2,839 Canadians conducted by the Innovative Research Group for the Calgary-based Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) from Oct. 26-27 was released in the form a report card at a conference put on by the institute in Ottawa on Monday.

The survey found 56 per cent of Canadians disapprove of the Conservatives' handling of foreign affairs, which represents a "major turn" for the worse in public perception.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

"While some Canadians see positive changes, such as a more decisive leadership style, most Canadians see the changes as becoming too aligned with the Bush administration and lacking accountability," the report reads.

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