More than nine-in-10 say ship­ping is gen­er­ally ‘safe’, but many have reser­va­tions about ship­ping oil

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - AN­GUS REID IN­STI­TUTE

The vast ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans be­lieve trans­port­ing goods by sea is safe, and most say marine ship­ping is grow­ing in im­por­tance in this era of height­ened trade un­cer­tainty be­tween Canada and the United States.

These are some of the key find­ings of a new study con­ducted by the An­gus Reid In­sti­tute in part­ner­ship with the Clear Seas Cen­tre for Re­spon­si­ble Marine Ship­ping. The new pub­lic opin­ion poll builds on a bench­mark study on pub­lic at­ti­tudes about the ship­ping in­dus­try first con­ducted in March 2016.

To­day, the Cana­dian pub­lic places a higher de­gree of im­por­tance on marine ship­ping than it did back then. Greater num­bers now say the in­dus­try is “crit­i­cally im­por­tant” to the Cana­dian econ­omy, Canada’s ac­cess to im­ported goods, and Canada’s abil­ity to ac­cess ex­port mar­kets than did so in 2016.

As they were in 2016, how­ever, Cana­di­ans re­main con­cerned about the prospect of oil and fuel spills, even as they ex­press con­fi­dence that ship­ping is gen­er­ally safe and well­reg­u­lated.

More Key Find­ings:

An over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans (94 per cent) say marine ship­ping is ei­ther “very safe” (30 per cent) or “gen­er­ally safe” (64 per cent).

The full poll can be viewed at­gus­­ne­ship­ping-clear-seas

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