Poll: Quebecers are fans of Western Canadian oil

Survey results suggest Quebecers prefer to import oil from Western Canada Image: Montreal Economic Institute

Quebecers prefer Western Canadian oil to foreign oil, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

Thee web survey was conducted between August 20-23, 2020 with a sample of 1,150 Canadians aged 18 years and over. Complete results of the survey are available here.

Germain Belzile, MEI senior associate researcher, said Western oil and developing their own resources are both more popular this year among Quebecers but there’s a disconnect because the province's political parties do not feel the same enthusiasm.

Belzile said Canadians clearly recognize that climate change is an issue, but they are not ready to take concrete action.

At the same time, Quebecers want to import Western oil and develop their own resources, but no political party presents this option. It’s a pretty absurd situation, he said.

“It’s time for Quebec to stop throwing obstacles in the way of companies that want to pursue energy development projects, be they Quebec projects or Canadians ones. Quebecers are ready," he said.

The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent public policy think tank.


  • An overwhelming majority of Quebecers (71 per cent) prefer to import their oil from Western Canada, versus just eight per cent who prefer American oil and six per cent who want oil from another country.
  • Half of Quebecers (50 per cent) want the province to develop its own oil resources, while only 26 per cent are opposed, and 24 per cent are undecided.
  • When it comes to transporting oil, 49 per cent of Canadians believe that pipelines are the safest means of transporting oil, followed by 13 per cent for rail transport.
  • Climate change is third among Canadians' priorities. Indeed, it is the first priority of 14 per cent of citizens. Yet 61 per cent of people are not ready to spend one cent more to deal with this issue.

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