Poll: Majority of Canadians Support the Nation’s Approach to Pipelines

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A majority of Canadians support Ottawa’s balanced approach to oil pipelines and transportation, according to results of an Ipsos poll done in part for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The results also show the number of British Columbians who support the approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (54 per cent) is more than double those who oppose it (26 per cent). The same is true for Line 3 Replacement Project, where results show the number of British Columbians who support the approval (53 per cent) is more than double those who oppose it (19 per cent).

British Columbians’ agreement with Ottawa’s approach ranks above the national average on each of the four decisions. Support for Ottawa’s plan is highest in Alberta and B.C. and lowest in Québec and Atlantic Canada.

On November 29, the Government of Canada:

  • Approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
  • Approved the Line 3 Replacement Project
  • Rejected the Northern Gateway Project
  • Announced it will proceed with a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic off the north coast of B.C.

The Ipsos poll of 1,000 Canadians conducted Dec. 5 to 8 found:

National Results
Government Decision Agree with Decision Neutral Disagree with Decision
Trans Mountain 37 43 20
Line 3 39 43 18
Northern Gateway 33 45 21
Tanker Moratorium 34 50 16
British Columbia Results
Government Decision Agree with Decision Neutral Disagree with Decision
Trans Mountain 54 20 26
Line 3 53 28 19
Northern Gateway 38 25 37
Tanker Moratorium 43 38 19

All numbers indicate percent and may not add to 100 due to rounding.*  

Detailed results of the Ipsos poll can be found at http://ipsos-na.com/news-polls/.

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