Majority of Canadians Approve of Ottawa’s Approach to Pipelines: CAPP

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CALGARY, A.B. — A new Ipsos poll conducted for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that a majority of Canadians support Ottawa’s balanced approach to oil pipelines and transportation.

The results of the poll of 1,000 Canadians conducted between December 5th and 8th also show that the 54 percent of British Columbians who support the approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is more than double the 26 percent that oppose it. The same is true for the Line 3 Replacement Project, where results show that 53 percent of British Colombians support the project, compared to the 19 percent in opposition.

On November 29th, the federal government approved both the Trans Mountain expansion and the Line 3 Replacement projects, while also rejecting Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, and proceeding with a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s north coast.

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CAPP President and CEO Tim McMillan said that, “A majority of Canadians agree the Government of Canada has taken a balanced approach to pipelines. Canadians want to see governments take action on climate change but Canadians also want their governments to take action to grow our economy. These decisions can balance both – and Canadians support these decisions.”

McMillan added, ”It’s important we continue to listen to all Canadians – both those in favour of pipelines and those opposed – to have a balanced conversation about our energy future.”

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. A sample of 1,000 Canadians from Ipsos’ online panel was interviewed. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Ipsos says that the poll is accurate to +/- 3.5 percent, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled.

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