According to a well-known pollster, support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project has dropped in Canada outside the Prairies since this time last year.
In the same time frame, opposition to the multi-billion-dollar pipeline expansion project is growing at an even faster rate.
The Angus Reid Institute reported yesterday that its new public opinion survey suggests opposition in Canada to the TMX has grown a substantial 11 per cent nationwide since June 2018.
That was just after Canada’s Liberal federal government purchased the original Trans Mountain Pipeline for about $4.5 billion, as many news reporters covering the poll results couldn’t resist noting.
Still, if you’re looking for a political explanation for the declining support for the TMX in particular, and most likely for pipelines generally, that’s almost certainly the wrong event to flag.
After all, even if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s determined effort to make the pipeline expansion a reality had turned Canadians against the TMX, the conservative governments in the three Prairie provinces, the country’s most resolutely anti-Trudeau region, have all done their level best to ensure he gets no credit for his hard work on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.
To a significant degree, this involves Conservative Party of Canada and provincial conservative politicians telling outright lies, a strategy that certainly seems to be working here in Wild Rose Country judging by what one hears anecdotally. At any rate, according…