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NATIONAL PULSE – Half call for patience, half support use of force

By ANGUS REID INSTITUTE

February 27, 2020 – As mass arrests and burning tires along rail lines define the state of developments in a country-wide series of blockades in protest against a $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline being built by Coastal Gaslink in northern B.C., Canadians are profoundly divided over how to handle the situation.

A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute, conducted Feb. 25-26, finds nearly half (47 per cent) say patience and dialogue with those opposed to the project is the best way to resolution. The other half (53 per cent), however, say that these blockades should be brought down using whatever force is necessary.

These two perspectives strongly correlate with lines of demarcation over what Canadians believe to be the most important aspect of the ongoing conflict. Just over half (56 per cent) say it is economic issues or the rule of law. Just under half (44 per cent) instead say the most important aspects are either Indigenous or environmental issues. Each takes a markedly different view of how the blockades should be handled.

Whatever side of the issue they are on, Canadians agree that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not handled the crisis well. Just one-in-five Canadians (21 per cent) say that the Prime Minister has done a good job (a mere three per cent say “very good”).

 

More Key Findings:

  • Canadians overwhelmingly feel that this saga has been a step backward for relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples. 80 per cent feel that reconciliation has been negatively affected by the ongoing events
  • There is also a sense that these blockades have done damage to Canada’s reputation as a place for investment. 78 per cent of Canadians feel the blockades have hurt this aspect of the country
  • Six-in-ten Canadians (62 per cent) say that the blockades that have been erected in recent weeks are out of line, and not a legitimate way to protest. That said, nearly the same number of Canadians feel that protesters are genuine (56 per cent)
  • Support for the Coastal Gaslink project has grown over the past two weeks, rising from 51 per cent in early February to 61 per cent now

Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org

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4 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – Half call for patience, half support use of force

  1. Bill Hadgkiss // February 27, 2020 at 10:02 PM // Reply

    I am in solidarity with common sense regarding the Coastal GasLink and the TMX pipelines as neither is fiscally responsible to us taxpayers.  If our leaders did the arithmetic, and it’s just arithmetic, not algebra, trigonometry or rocket science. The buying of votes, “Take the offer or you’ll get nothing when we come through, and oh, by the way don’t tell anyone or the deal’s off”, has to stop. And China, Yukon Zinc, is involved here as well as the mine mess and debt they just left. A lot of these deals appear to be scams to create jobs so the politicians will be thought of as heroes and us taxpayers will pay again instead of receive dividends.

  2. Ian MacKenzie // February 27, 2020 at 5:06 PM // Reply

    Tony – Things you’ve said that I agree with, although I might have said them differently:
    1.They are sooo concerned with their fortunes and the horrible INCONVENIENCE of it all that they don’t give a damn about anyone else.
    2. I, too, always support the oppressed.
    3. I, too, do think there is room for negotiation if the Hereditary chiefs could get the elected chiefs to join forces and simply demand that the alternate route must be used. YES !! There is an alternate route that has been approved by the Hereditary chiefs.- – – After all this entire broohaha is simply about using the cheapest route. It seem nonsensicle that one of the most profitable buissnesses on earth should be worried about a miner increase in cost for this multi billion dollar fiasco.
    4. I believe that Nathen Cullen could negotiate this in the upcoming meetings. I believe Nathen Cullen’s unwillingness to run for the NDP leadership is the greatest loss to intelligence in the house since Tommy Douglas was leader. He is common sense for all and as close as non-partisan as you can get. He was a great MP and should be the PM since Liz May ran out of steam.

    Tony – Things you’ve implied that I disagree with:
    #2 above. When the oppressed go too far and use protest strategies in the enthusiasm of protest, even to the point where they lose public support. I use the burning of tracks in eastern Canada as an example.
    #3 above. As I read your last sentence it implies that money alone is the solution to the problem. But it’s not. The entire project must be shelved even if the more expensive route is economically possible. WE MUST STOP USING FOSSIL FUELS! PERIOD!!!!!!. We must go the green deal route if we’re going to same anything for our descendants. I think that is what the Hereditary chiefs are saying.

    • Tony Brumell // February 27, 2020 at 5:31 PM // Reply

      Thanks Ian . I do believe that the real meaning of a message and impact thereof can be lost or distorted by the metheod in which it is delivered. Vandalism is never the right route. But sometimes you have to look at the reason for such extreme measures such as the damage that CG is doing to the F/N land and environment.The frustrations of government hypocracy are hard to minimize.Don’t misunderstand my last comment. What I am saying is that money is the main reason that CG won’t change. Truly I understand and believe that all fossil fuels must be left in the ground or used for non destructive purposes.I’m just not sure that that is abattle we can win right now.

  3. Isn’t it fortunate that those who are opposed to the protests are not part of the minority represented by F/N ?They are sooo concerned with their fortunes and the horrible INCONVENIENCE of it all that they don’t give a damn about anyone else.
    I always support the oppressed and nobody ,no group has been oppressed like F/N..(Not even the Japanese during ww2)
    I do think there is room for negotiation if the Hereditary chiefs could get the elected chiefs to join forces and simply demand that the alternate route must be used. YES !! There is an alternate route that has been approved by the Hereditary chiefs.
    I believe that Nathen Cullen could negotiate this in the upcoming meetings.
    After all this entire broohaha is simply about using the cheapest route. It seem nonsensicle that one of the most profitable buissnesses on earth should be worried about a miner increase in cost for this multi billion dollar fiasco.

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