An Ipsos poll commissioned by Global news has found that the majority of Canadians and British Columbians support the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline.
Across Canada, 56 per cent of Canadians support the project, versus 24 per cent who oppose it. Twenty per cent weren’t sure or didn’t know.
In British Columbia, 55 per cent support the project, versus 37 per cent opposed.
In an interview with Global News, Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Pubic Affairs, said “I think the volume of sound is much louder than the level of public opinion they represent.”
The poll results are consistent with a poll by Angus Reid conducted in April which found that 55 per cent of Canadians and 54 per cent of British Columbians support Trans Mountain.
Indigenous support for the Trans Mountain pipeline
The Trans Mountain Expansion project (TMX) included a significant engagement phase including 129 Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route, resulting in almost all communities indicating their support. Many communities see projects like TMX as an important path towards economic reconciliation, and are meaningfully participating in the industry through business opportunities and partnerships. Just this spring, two entities representing 16 Indigenous communities have negotiated the option to purchase a 10% equity stake in the Coastal GasLink pipeline, another pipeline project north of TMX which will supply natural gas to LNG facilities in coastal BC. Partnerships such as these demonstrate growing Indigenous participation in the oil and natural gas industry, along with employment and procurement opportunities.
Is the Trans Mountain pipeline being built?
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline is currently underway. The existing 1,150 kilometre pipeline is being twinned, meaning a second pipeline is being installed alongside the already existing pipeline. For updates on the construction process visit transmountain.com.