A new poll from Mainstreet/Postmedia asked Canadians across the country if they support a federal plan to implement carbon pricing, if the province’s don’t introduce their own systems.
It looks like a slight majority support the plan.
“Obviously that is much lower in Alberta and Saskatchewan, we’re seeing much lower numbers there,” explained David Valentin with Mainstreet Research. “In Alberta, 54 per cent of respondents are telling us that they do not approve of this move.”
Valentin, says 51 per cent support the feds plan but looking at Alberta, only 29 per cent approve of the plan.
He says that changes if you ask whether they’d support it if there was a commitment to pipeline infrastructure.
“If they are to approve either pipeline and then point to carbon pricing as the reason why they can afford to do it, I think Albertans will think it is very clear that we’re going to see more in carbon pricing but as a result, we’re getting all this market access,” explained Valentin. “Right now, it is all stick no carrot.”
He says it all comes down to market access and pipeline infrastructure for Albertans support.
“We had a lot of people tell us, 76 per cent in fact, that if a new pipeline was approved as a result of this Alberta leadership plan that has been brought in by Rachel Notley and her NDP government, that it would change their impression of the federal plan for the better,” explained Valentin.
Valentin says the poll shows that Canadians would prefer their province implements their own carbon plan rather than a federal one. (twd)