Most Quebecers favour Canadian oil, pipelines, over foreign imports: survey

Most Quebecers favour Canadian oil, pipelines, over foreign imports: survey

MONTREAL GAZETTE
Published on: May 17, 2017 | Last Updated: May 17, 2017 7:27 AM EDT

 Oil into ship Kinder Morgan Burnaby

A ship receives its load of oil from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project’s Westeridge loading dock in Burnaby, British Columbia, Thursday, June 4, 2015. A survey conducted for the Montreal Economic Institute suggests two out three Quebecers think western Canada should be their first choice for imports. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two out of three Quebecers think oil from western Canada should be their first choice for imports and more than 40 per cent think that oil should be moved to Quebec by pipeline, a survey conducted for the Montreal Economic Institute suggests.

A Léger poll conducted for the think tank found that 65 per cent of those surveyed prefer that the oil imported by Quebec come from Western Canada. Only 13 per cent preferred getting their oil from all other sources including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria.

The survey also found that 41 per cent of those surveyed felt that pipelines were the safest means to convey oil into Quebec compared with 14 per cent who supported importing oil by tanker truck, 12 per cent who preferred the use of trains, and 11 per cent who supported ship-borne oil.

Despite Quebecers’ apparent preference from oil from the Canadian west, a little over half of those surveyed — 56 per cent — believed Quebec should develop its own oil resources instead of importing oil from outside the province.

The Institute noted that support for consuming domestic oil was also expressed by respondents who intend to vote for left-leaning parties like the PQ and Québec Solidaire.

The poll was conducted between April 17 and April 19, 2017 in all regions across Quebec, with a representative sample of 1,016 Quebecers aged 18 or over. This would yield a margin of error of around plus or minus 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

 

 

 

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