New public opinion data by the Angus Reid Institute highlights the need for new pipelines is recognized and supported by a clear majority of Canadians. Across the country, 58 per cent of those polled agreed with the statement "Do you think the lack of new oil pipeline capacity is a crisis?" Support was strongest in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but the majority agreed with the statement in B.C., Ontario and every other province with the exception of Quebec.
Other key findings:
- About two-thirds of Canadians (65 per cent) say that oil and natural gas is a critical industry for Canada. That was the highest number for seven industries canvassed.
- 69% say the country will face considerable impact if no new pipeline capacity is built.
- 53% of Canadians support both the Energy East and TransMountain pipeline projects. Only 19% oppose both projects.
Angus Reid surveyed 4,024 Canadian adults between December 21 and January 3. Read the full survey here.