More than 50 percent of Canadians want the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion to be completed - more than twice as many as those who would like to see it shut down, according to a new survey by Angus Reid.
“One of the key debates over the Liberal government’s first term has been the TransMountain expansion pipeline. The project faces a fresh round of legal obstacles after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled it would hear six new challenges to it,” the research firm said on Friday.
“With pipeline construction resumed, but one-third of landowners along the route having yet to consent to the project, the fate of the project is as murky as the diluted bitumen proposed to flow through it.”
Angus Reid said the difficulty in navigating the project politically becomes more evident when looking at age and gender splits, as well as political affiliation.
“Considerable opposition emerges from those who lean toward the New Democrats (51%) and the Green Party (67%), both groups from which Trudeau and his party will be hoping to draw voters. For women under the age of 55, the project is a source of deep division, while men are largely supportive of its completion.”