A new poll from Angus Reid found that a majority of Canadians (56%) side with the government in its decision to approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, by a ratio of more than two-to-one versus those who disagree (24%).
That said, it’s not necessarily a political win for the Liberals as they head into the federal election this fall, pollsters said.
The highest levels of praise for the TMX green light come from Alberta (85%) and Saskatchewan (71%), but Angus Reid noted that both provinces are projected to offer little electoral support to the Liberals in the forthcoming election.
“Meanwhile, one-quarter (24%) say the government made the wrong choice, rising to three-in-ten in British Columbia (30%) and two-in-five (40%) within Quebec. Both of those provinces are considerably more competitive heading into the campaign,” Angus Reid said.
There is also considerable uncertainty that the project will actually be built.
“Ultimately, six-in-ten Canadians (59%) say the expansion will be built, though four-in-ten are either unsure (28%) or disagree (12%),” Angus Reid said.
“Notably, the percentage saying the project will be completed rises to seven-in-ten in B.C. (69%), where local protests have already begun.”