The Federal Finance Department had a public opinion survey done and the results are not something the Harper government can be proud of. The results suggest the Tories key policies are not in sync with what Canadians want.
Of particular interest to Alberta’s oil industry would be the results concerning the Northern Gateway pipeline. People in the focus groups have “little enthusiasm” in the proposed project.
“There is an appreciation that increased market access for oil will be economically beneficial but there is still a desire to do so in a more environmentally safe manner.”
The Harper government has Northern Gateway as a focal point in its energy plan. And has criticized those who oppose it.
Among the other issues participants raised:
- Canada Pension Plan reform: “This came up more often in Ontario, and the sentiment typically focused on the need to ensure this program is adequately funded.”
- Veterans: “Concerns expressed whether enough was being done to help individuals with health/mental issues arising from their military service.”
- Health care and education “continue to come up regularly in the discussions.”
Two focus groups were conducted in each of the following communities, Coquitlam, B.C.; Calgary; Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.; Toronto; Quebec City; and Bridgewater, N.S.