Fifty-one percent of Quebecers favour pipelines and tapping into the province’s oil resources to meet domestic energy demands

A poll released this morning and conducted by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI)-Ipsos shows that a significant majority of Quebec residents favour advancing the development of fresh oil and gas pipelines aimed at supplying Europe and Asia.

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The MEI poll reveals that Quebecers recognize the benefits of exporting gas to Europe and Asia, thereby reducing reliance on Russian exports. Renaud Brossard, Senior Director of Communications at MEI, stated, “Quebecers understand that exporting gas to Europe not only supports our economy but also diminishes Russia’s gas exports. This survey indicates that the public’s sentiment aligns more with advancing energy resources compared to their representatives in the (Quebec) National Assembly.”

Nationwide results revealed that 67 percent of respondents across Canada favour the development of oil and gas pipelines to Eastern and Western Canadian ports for exporting purposes. In Quebec, a significant proportion of 61 percent share this sentiment.

The survey revealed that 60 percent of Canadians support the development and export of natural gas to Europe as a means to reduce dependence on Russian gas. Among Quebecers, this support grows to two-thirds of the population.

Renaud Brossard pipelines

Renaud Brossard

The poll also showed that:

  • Fifty-one percent of Quebec residents favour tapping into the province’s oil resources to meet domestic energy demands.
  • Sixty percent of Canadians advocate for increased incentive measures for carbon sequestration.
  • Sixty percent of Canadians are unwilling or unable to allocate more funds through taxes to combat climate change.

The poll included a diverse and representative sample of 1,163 Canadians aged 18 and above. The survey took place between August 1st and 4th, with results demonstrating a margin of error within plus or minus 3.3 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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