59 per cent of Vancouverites oppose the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline.
60 per cent opposition measured on both east and west sides of city.
Vancouver - The federal government’s decision to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan is proving deeply unpopular in Vancouver according to a new poll by Research Co.
The poll, commissioned by independent mayoral candidate and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, found that 59 per cent of Vancouverites oppose the federal government’s decision to purchase the pipeline, while 28 per cent support the decision, and 13 per cent are undecided.
“This poll shows how strongly Vancouverites feel about the Trans Mountain pipeline acquisition,” said Stewart. “Whether they are younger or older, live on the east side or the west side, own or rent, Vancouverites are united in their opposition.”
At 77 per cent, opposition is highest amongst Vancouverites who voted NDP in the 2017 provincial election, followed by 70 per cent of those who voted for the provincial Green party. Only 31 per cent of respondents who voted for the BC Liberals oppose the purchase.
“I have fought this pipeline for seven years – both here on the ground and in Ottawa - and I am committed to continuing the fight as Mayor of Vancouver,” continued Stewart. “I will continue to do all I can to stop this pipeline from proceeding.”
The existing Trans Mountain pipeline transports 300,000 barrels of oil products per day from Edmonton to Burnaby mostly for domestic use in Metro Vancouver.
In 2016, the federal government approved Kinder Morgan’s proposal to build 980 kilometres of new pipeline to transport unrefined diluted bitumen to the Port of Vancouver for export by tanker to foreign countries, expanding the total pipeline capacity to 890,000 barrels per day. Despite the approval, the project had stalled due to opposition in British Columbia.
On May 29, 2018, the Trudeau government announced it would buy the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan and complete the expansion.
Results are based on an online study conducted from June 9 to June 11, 2018, among 400 adults in the City of Vancouver. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in the City of Vancouver. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.9 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.