Toronto and Montreal – The majority of Quebec residents surveyed are less likely to vote for the current government because of the Prime Minister’s climate change policies, according to a new poll released today by environmental groups Equiterre and Environmental Defence. It also shows that the appointment of a Quebec MP to oversee the Natural Resources ministry won’t change the majority of people’s negative views of the oil sands.
“Quebec voters reject the attempt to buy off their concerns about global warming,” said Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence. “They won’t be fooled into supporting policies which support the development of oil sands, and the government will need to actually do something to reduce global warming pollution to gain credibility.”
The poll findings include:
–56% of Quebecers surveyed disagreed that they should accept increased global warming pollution due to money received from the oil sands in Alberta, and 27% agreed.
–52% of Quebecers surveyed are less likely to vote for Prime Minister Harper’s government due to his policies on climate change
–43% of Quebecers surveyed said having a Quebec Minister of Natural Resources has no effect on their opinion of the Prime Minister’s policies and they are still against the growth of the oil sands, while only 10% said it made them more likely to agree with his policies.
“This poll shows that environment is a real concern for Quebecers despite the economic situation right now. Quebecers don’t want anything to do with oil sands because they realize the impact it has on environment,” explained Hugo Séguin of Équiterre.
The poll comes after a turbulent few months in Quebec-Canada relations around climate policy. Premier Charest has been critical of the federal government’s failure to act to reduce emissions, and Environment Minister Jim Prentice recently called the Quebec government’s new vehicle regulations a “glaring example of the folly of attempting to do it alone in an integrated North American approach”.
The survey was conducted by Leger Marketing between February 8 and February 10, 2010. Using a random sample of respondents in Quebec, this method simulates a probability sample, which would yield a maximum margin of error of +\-3.1%, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample of 1,002 respondents.
The complete poll can be found at https://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/reports.htm#protecting or www.equiterre.org.
For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Jennifer Founds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)
Éveline Trudel-Fugère, Équiterre, (514) 605-2000