TheP ulse of ­ theP eo­ple

Canada is a di­vided na­tion when it comes to en­ergy pro­duc­tion. Or is it?

Alberta Venture - - The Briefing -

>>> 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.

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