Protests against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion continue on a near-daily basis, but a survey has found that they are not having the desired effect on Canadians.
Six out of 10 Canadians say that this group represents a fringe view and not that of the mainstream, Angus Reid said on Monday in releasing the second report on its recent Trans Mountain survey.
Perhaps most importantly, when asked whether the protests they have seen make them more or less likely to support the pipeline, only in Manitoba and Quebec do the demonstrations have the desired effect. In each case, only a marginal number of respondents say they’re more likely to oppose the expansion from what they have seen.
Protesters have been involved in directly confronting Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain since 2014. The first arrests began in November of that year, as more than 100 people were detained for disrupting survey work and drilling.
As the project has continued, protests have increased. Since March of this year roughly 200 more people have been arrested, including federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May and federal NDP MP Kennedy Stewart.
British Columbia's Prosecution Service is considering criminal charges against dozens of people arrested for protesting the project, including May and Stewart.