Majority of Canadians support Coastal GasLink but want further talks with Wet’suwet’en

Canadians are divided over a $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline that has spurred blockages and protests across the country, according to a new Angus Reid poll released on Thursday.

The study found that respondents were divided along political, regional and economic lines as they choose sides over the protests, the project, and how the company might proceed from here.

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Two-in-five Canadians (39 per cent) say they support the Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters.

Meanwhile, a slight majority, 51 per cent, say that they support the Coastal Gaslink project itself.

The survey also found that most Canadians, or 63 per cent, support further discussions between TC Energy, the company that owns the pipeline, and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

 Supporters of the protests are most likely to come from B.C. and Quebec.

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Opponents of the protests are more likely to come from Alberta and the Prairies (Saskatchewan and Manitoba are grouped together).

More than half of respondents (57 per cent) said the pipeline may take longer to build because of the protests, but it will likely still be completed. Meanwhile, 34 per cent said they have full confidence it will be completed, delays or no delays.

Key findings

Canadians are relatively confident that the Coastal Gaslink pipeline will be completed. Just over half (57 per cent) say that it will take longer because of the protests, but will probably still be completed, while 34 per cent have full confidence that it will go ahead regardless.

Awareness of the protests and the pipeline construction are high in British Columbia and Alberta, but drop to fewer than half of residents elsewhere in the country have been paying close attention.

Read the full survey results here.

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