Canadians React Positively to Recent Trudeau Pipeline Announcements

In B.C., Majority (54%) Agrees with Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion, but Residents Evenly Split on Northern Gateway Rejection

Toronto, ON - On balance, Canadians are reacting positively to the Trudeau Government's recent pipeline announcements, with support being strong in both B.C. and Alberta, the regions most impacted by the announcements, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

The government recently made four major announcements relating to the oil and gas industry in Canada, including approving the Kinder Morgan expansion in B.C. and Enbridge Line 3 to Wisconsin, while at the same time imposing a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on B.C.'s north coast, and rejecting the Northern Gateway Pipeline project in B.C.

Reflecting on each announcement:

  • Four in ten (39%) Canadians `agree' (20% strongly/19% somewhat) with the decision to approve the Enbridge Line 3 project from Alberta to Wisconsin, compared to two in ten (18%) who `disagree' (9% strongly/9% somewhat), and 43% who are neutral. In Alberta, two in three (66%) agree with the decision.
  • Nearly four in ten (37%) Canadians `agree' (19% strongly/17% somewhat) with the decision to approve Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion in British Columbia, while two in ten (20%) `disagree' (10% strongly/11% somewhat) and 43% are neutral. In both Alberta (61%) and British Columbia (54%), a majority agrees with the government's decision.
  • On the moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on B.C.'s north coast, fully one half (50%) of Canadians are neutral on the decision, while 34% agree with the decision (18% strongly/16% somewhat), and 16% disagree with it (8% strongly/8% somewhat). In British Columbia itself, significantly more agree (43%) than disagree (19%) with the moratorium.
  • Regarding the rejection of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project in British Columbia, the margin of those who approve of the decision (33% -- 17% strongly/16% somewhat) narrows over those who disapprove (21% -- 11% strongly/10% somewhat), while nearly half (45%) neither agree nor disagree with the decision. However, in both British Columbia (38% agree vs. 37% disagree) and Alberta (29% agree vs. 28% disagree), residents are even split.

The news has received a lot of attention recently, with most Canadians having heard information about the Kinder Morgan (70%) and Enbridge Line 3 (60%) announcements. A slim majority (54%) have heard about the rejection of Northern Gateway, while four in ten (42%) were aware of the tanker moratorium.160

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 5th to 8th, 2016, on behalf of CAPP. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Canadians from Ipsos' online panel was interviewed online. Weighting160was then160employed 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. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval.160 In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/ - 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.


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Darrell Bricker, PHD
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Ipsos Public Affairs

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