VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Is it a good investment or does it set a bad precedent? Canadians are split, when it comes to the federal government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
More than a third (37%) of people polled by the Angus Reid Institute say the government made the right decision in buying the controversial project. But the same percentage disagree with the move.
“The rest say they aren’t sure. So there’s really no consensus on this issue,” says Shachi Kurl with Angus Reid.
“Among those who saw it as the right decision, they say so because they either believe that the Trans Mountain project was a good investment for Canadian taxpayers or because they believe that the government had no choice in the matter — it simply had to be done to save the project.”
She adds a significant number of people are of the view that the government had to buy the pipeline in order to save Canada’s reputation, as a place to do business.
As for those who say it was the wrong decision, Kurl says their reasons are “driven by the fact that they don’t believe government should be in the business of owning pipelines or because they oppose the Trans Mountain project outright.”
Some others believe the government simply paid too much for the project.
Canadians are also pretty evenly split about how they believe the government has handled the file. Four in 10 say the government has done a good job, while a similar number argue it’s done a poor job.