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British Columbians divided on Trans Mountain expansion: poll

Last Updated Sep 14, 2017 at 11:47 am PDT

(Source: transmountain.com)

Of those surveyed across BC, 46% of people oppose the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while 44 support it

In the Lower Mainland, poll suggests 41% support for pipeline expansion, 48% opposed

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Construction is set to begin on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this month, and a new poll indicates just how divided we are when it comes to Kinder Morgan’s project.

Of those surveyed across the province, 46 per cent say they oppose it, while 44 per cent support it.

Mario Canseco with Insights West suggests this could create a challenge for the new NDP government, if it tries to take a stand against this project as the party promised during the election.

“[There are] a lot of expectations on other promises that the NDP has made, and this one in particular is not going to move the needle too much when it comes to those who didn’t vote for you,” says Canseco. “It’s not as if they’re going to be satisfying a large portion of the population if they decide to [try to stop the project].”

Essentially, Canseco is suggesting there are other items on the NDP agenda that would enjoy more broad support, while this appears to be an issue that could alienate some citizens.

Canseco points out these numbers are quite similar to a poll done in December on this same issue, suggesting views about this project are quite entrenched.

In the Lower Mainland specifically, this poll indicates 41 per cent support for the project, and while 48 per cent of those polled say they are opposed.

(Courtesy: Insights West)