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Press Release –
July 18, 2014
The four major resource industries enjoy generally broad support in western Canada, but can build trust by addressing issues identified in a public opinion survey released today by the Canada West Foundation.
The survey on attitudes towards the energy, mining, forestry and agri-food industries was conducted for the Foundation by Ipsos Reid. Entitled Restoring Trust: The Road to Public Support for Resource Industries, it sampled 3,038 residents in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario (for comparison purposes). Among the key findings:
“Western Canadians view the resource industries as integral to economic success, but their level of support and trust focuses more on safeguarding health and safety, protecting the natural environment, and keeping commitments to communities,” said Len Coad, director of the Centre for Natural Resources Policy.
The online survey was conducted in March, with a sample size considered accurate within plus or minus 2.2 per cent. A summary of the results is available on this website.
The Canada West Foundation focuses on the policies that shape the West’s quality of life. Through our evidence-based research and commentary, we provide objective, practical solutions. For more than 40 years, we have been a passionate advocate for western Canada.
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