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Many Western Canadians are critical of the energy sector’s environmental performance and actively raise funds for or donate money to environmental causes, but still believe oil and gas development should be expanded, according to a new survey commissioned by Canada West Foundation.
The poll, conducted to understand how Westerners feel about farming, forestry, mining and energy, reveals a knowledgeable community actively engaged with developments in the industry, with a third discussing the issue with families and friends.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, surveyed about 3,000 Canadians mostly from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (600 were from Ontario).
It shows that 32% of Western Canadians said they would be critical of the energy industry when asked for their opinion, while 11% said they thought so poorly of the industry that would offer a scathing assessment without even being asked. No other resource sector generated as high a level of unsolicited criticism.
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