October 31, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds 51% of Canadians approve of the federal government’s plan to price carbon – with or without the help of the provinces. With 5,525 Canadians surveyed from October 5-6, the Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.33, 19 times out of 20.
“A Majority of Canadians approve of the Federal Government’s decision to impose a price on Carbon pollution,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research. “51%, with 21% strongly approving of the measure. A large majority of people surveyed in the provinces that don’t currently have a carbon tax or cap and trade system want their provincial government to introduce a plan versus having the federal government impose one. ”
“Atlantic Canada is overwhelmingly in favour of implementing provincial plans for putting a price on Carbon pollution. In Newfoundland & Labrador, 67% said they want the province to come up with a system versus just 17% who want to have the federal government impose the plan. In PEI and Nova Scotia, similarly 65% and 61% versus 15% and 27%. The support for a provincial system is highest in New Brunswick where 77% say they want a provincial plan compared to just 11% who want a federal government plan.”
“In the Prairies where a carbon pricing plan is not in place, we see similar desire for a provincial government initiated plan versus a federal government plan, although more people are unsure. In Manitoba almost 7 in 10 say they want a provincial government plan versus only 1 in 10 who want a federal plan, with 22% unsure. In Saskatchewan, where Premier Brad Wall has been an outspoken opponent of the federal plan announced by Prime Minister Trudeau, just 55% want the province to come up with a carbon pollution plan, compared to 22% who say they should let the federal government mandate the price. over 2 in 10 people among those in Saskatchewan was unsure (23%),” continued Maggi.
“In Alberta, where resource prices have hit the economy highest, over three quarters of those asked said they are more likely to support a carbon pollution plan if the federal government approves some pipeline development. (76%) Just 6% said they were less likely to support the Alberta plan if the federal government gives the green light to some pipelines that might help the oilsands dependent province.”
“These numbers point to strong support for the federal government plan to put a price on carbon pollution, but also, strong support for Provincial governments introducing their own measures. There is also a strong connection in western Canada between supporting carbon pricing and accelerating pipeline development,” finished Maggi”.
About Mainstreet Research
Mainstreet is a national public research ﬁrm. With 20 years of political experience at all three levels of government, President and CEO Quito Maggi is a respected commentator on Canadian public affairs.
Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion, having predicted a majority NDP government in Alberta, a majority Liberal government in British Columbia and a majority Liberal government in Ontario. Mainstreet has been the most accurate polling firm in several by elections and the most recent Toronto mayoral election. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.