FILE - In this file photo, members of the Gitxsan Nation resurrect their blockade of the main CN rail line in New Hazelton Feb. 24. A new Research Co. poll released Tuesday, March 17, 2020 suggests most B.C. residents support carrying on with construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. (Randall Shoop photo)

New poll suggests most B.C. residents agree with building Coastal GasLink

70% of respondents to new Research Co. survey believe pipeline project will create hundreds of jobs

A new poll suggests most B.C. residents are in favour of continuing construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

According to an online survey of 800 adults in B.C., conducted between March 4 and March 7 by Research Co., 61 per cent of respondents agreed with building the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

Support for the contentious pipeline was highest among men (68 per cent), people aged 55 and over (69 per cent) and residents of Vancouver Island (67 per cent).

ALSO READ: ‘The project is proceeding’: Horgan not backing down from support of Coastal GasLink

“More than half of British Columbians who voted for the BC New Democratic Party in the last provincial election (56 per cent) want to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline,” Research Co. President Mario Canseco said in a release. “A similar proportion of BC Green Party voters agree (53 per cent), but support is highest among those who cast ballots for the BC Liberals in 2017 (75 per cent).”

The poll also found almost half of respondents (48 per cent) agreed with the actions taken by Wet’suwet’en elected band councils in connection with the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Twenty elected band councils whose jurisdiction is limited to reserve lands along the route have signed deals and reached benefit agreements with the project. However, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the pipeline crossing their traditional territory and argue the elected band councils, established under the Indian Act, do not have authority under traditional law to make decisions on the Nation’s or the land’s behalf.

Protests have been ongoing nationwide since early February, including weeks of rail blockades across Canada.

ALSO READ: Elected Wet’suwet’en leaders want in on rights and title discussions

ALSO READ: Talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs enter second day

Fewer than two-in-five respondents to the survey agreed with the actions of people who have participated in protests (38 per cent), the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs (37 per cent) and the people who have participated in road blockades (33 per cent).

Half of respondents (50 per cent) disagreed with the notion of the Coastal GasLink pipeline threatening the health and safety of residents, and 70 per cent believed the project will create hundreds of jobs.

ALSO READ: Coastal GasLink to resume work as tentative deal reached between B.C., feds and Wet’suwet’en

ALSO READ: 51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning Coastal GasLink

Correction: This story has been updated. The jurisdiction of the 20 elected band councils, not the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, is limited to reserve lands.

— With files from Katya Slepian



karissa.gall@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coastal GasLink

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink gives $100K to United Way efforts in Northern B.C.

Organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund benefits seniors in isolation, among others

UPDATE: First presumptive case of COVID-19 in Prince Rupert

Doctor says it was a visitor, Northern Health won’t confirm

Bus services taking extra measures because of COVID-19

More cleaning and more disinfecting underway

Fisheries and Oceans Canada lifts at-sea observer requirements due to COVID-19

Fisheries Management Order went into effect April 2 and will remain for 45 days

Some Smithers businesses may re-open sooner rather than later

Weekly Chamber of Commerce video conference focuses on business concern amid COVID-19

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Most Read