Three-quarters of Albertans would support a carbon tax–if it meant the federal government would approve some pipelines.
That’s one of the findings of a new poll showing a slim majority of Canadians (51%) approve of the Trudeau government’s proposal to put a price on carbon with or without the help of the provinces. However, Monday’s Mainstreet/Postmedia survey shows a large majority of respondents would rather their own governments come up with home-grown plan over Ottawa imposing one.
Overall, 51% of Albertans oppose the federal government’s proposal. However, the survey shows 76% of Alberta residents would support a carbon pricing plan if some pipeline development is approved by Ottawa. Only 6% say they were less likely to support the NDP carbon tax if the federal government moved on pipelines.
In Saskatchewan, where Premier Brad Wall’s opposition to the federal plan has been vocal, 55% of respondents want their government to come up with its own plan. 22% of people in Saskatchewan say they would prefer a federal carbon initiative.
The percentage of Manitobans who want a home-grown carbon plan is almost 70%, with only 10% preferring Ottawa’s proposal.
Atlantic Canadians are overwhelming behind behind a provincial rather than a federal plan. Atlantic support for provincial solutions ranges from 61% in Nova Scotia to 77% in New Brunswick.