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Canada is a divided nation when it comes to energy production. Or is it?
>>> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lateNovember announcements regarding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipelines were greeted with promises of revolt from some environmentalists and made Canada feel like a country at war with itself. But the rhetoric is belied by the results of an Abacus Data national public opinion survey which shows that Canadians are more or less on the same page about energy and the Alberta oil sands.
Canadians generally support continuing to develop our oil resources and few discriminate their support across different types of development, be it conventional, oil sands, or offshore production. Quebecers are the most resistant, but even a majority in the province support the development of the oil sands. – David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data
> Albertans present an interesting paradox: They are the most supportive of developing conventional oil but people who voted NDP – and Alberta has the country’s only NDP government – are generally less supportive.
Another key takeaway is that regional difference in demand outlook isn’t extreme, even comparing Alberta to Quebec. In Alberta, 38 per cent foresee less demand, while in Quebec, 54 per cent do. A difference, for sure, but in Alberta, 90 per cent support the oil sands while in Quebec, only 52 per cent do.