Deloitte Signals Survey says optimism fell the most among Canadians.
Fiscal cliff was most worrisome risk, revenue growth the top challenge.
Americans are expected to buy more this year, which will help boost US manufacturing output.
Impact would be gradual, and taxes would be repealed if agreement came shortly after Jan.1.
Resources rule, Alberta and Saskatchewan to lead.
Survey says 54% are not better of financially than they were a year ago.
Unemployment dips to 7.7%, the US economy’s lowest jobless rate in four years.
Obama says compromise could even be done quickly.
US ambassador David Jacobson says fiscal cliff won’t be felt immediately.
Harper tells business forum US won’t reach economic heights from a decade ago.
Potential fallout from political gridlock is a great risk to the domestic economy.
Canada’s financial policy-makers will come to the rescue if financial crisis in the US triggers recessions.
Falling off the edge would have a greater impact on Canada than EU woes