A poll commissioned by The Globe and Mail suggests Conservative leadership hopeful Scott Brison would be the most effective environmental steward, but the survey has its limitations.
The survey asked 1,000 Canadians whether they support the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and whether they would be willing to make climate change a key issue in a leadership contest.
In fact, only 40 per cent said they supported Keystone XL and 44 per cent were not sure.
The poll was conducted online from Dec. 4 to 11 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
It comes as Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced she will introduce legislation to require Canadian governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and that the federal government will begin to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030.
The Liberals have said they support Keystone XL.
As the Liberal government comes under increasing pressure to move away from fossil fuels, a new poll suggests the Conservatives are not far behind.
A new Angus Reid poll released Monday finds the Tories leading in a new Angus, B.C.-based online survey.
The Angus Reid online poll was released as McKenna said she would introduce legislation that would require Canadian government to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2030 and that she will begin the phase-out of coal-burning power plants.
In other words, McKenna’s plan would see the Trudeau Liberals and their allies in Ottawa phase out all of Canada’s fossil-fueled power plants before 2030, even though it would be far too late to avert the worst of climate change.
With a national average temperature expected to increase by 3.8 degrees Celsius (5.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the year 2100, McKenna said the Liberal and Conservative governments would be best positioned to protect the climate and keep Canadians safe.
In a statement to the National Post, McKenna described the poll as an important contribution to Canada’s climate change negotiations.
She said she hopes it will spur further action by both parties to help Canadians to protect their homes, communities and livelihoods from climate change and climate-related disasters.
“I look forward to the debate about how best to protect our country from climate-changing disasters,” she said.
The poll has a margin in the survey of plus/minus 3.3 percentage points and has a 3.5 per cent error margin.
According to the Angus Reid website, the poll’s respondents are not randomly selected and have an average age of 51 years.
The results of the Angus survey have a margin-of-error of plus-minus 2.6 percentage points for the full sample, 3.1 percentage points if the sample is weighted to be representative of the population, and 2.5 percentage points with the full weighting.