Poll: B.C. warming up to Northern Gateway Pipeline - Macleans.ca

Poll: B.C. warming up to Northern Gateway Pipeline

Support outweighs opposition to proposed plan to link Alberta to Pacific Ocean and Asian markets


Only four in ten B.C. residents have heard about an Enbridge project to link Edmonton, Alberta and Kitimat, B.C. by pipeline. But the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project is more likely to receive support, rather than opposition, according to a new Ipsos-Reid poll. Although the poll shows that a majority of Northern B.C. residents are unaware of the project, it also indicates that they are both increasingly familiar with it (42 per cent) and favourable to it (48 per cent).  Only 32 per cent said the opposed the project. Respondents were also asked to name one main project benefit and one main concern; employment ranked first among the perceived benefits, while environmental issues were first among concerns. The poll, conducted on behalf of Enbridge, queried 1,000 adult British Columbians online using Ipsos Reid’s national online household panel between Dec. 12 and Dec. 15.