January 14, 2019

Two-thirds support construction of a pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canada

In December of 2018, NRG ran a series of questions as part of a larger omnibus survey in the province of New Brunswick. These questions were fielded after a recent provincial election and focused on the several energy related topics which were raised during the campaign and are still subject to discussion in the province.

Our survey found that 7 out of 10 residents in New Brunswick say that they are worried about household energy costs, with almost 3 in 10 saying they are very worried.  Given this, it is therefore not surprising that a majority of New Brunswickers would be opposed to the additional costs brought on by  the introduction of a federal carbon tax. Slightly over 6 out of 10 New Brunswick residents oppose the federal carbon tax (62% oppose).

In the most recent provincial election Blaine Higgs, leader of the PC Party (now Premier Higgs) made a promise to oppose a federally imposed carbon tax. Over seven out of 10 residents say that it is important that Premier Higgs keep his promise to oppose a carbon tax in New Brunswick.

The Energy East national pipeline project, while shelved by the original proponents and not currently under active consideration by the federal government, remains popular in the province with over two-thirds of New Brunswickers still supporting the project.

The full report findings along with the study methodology can be accessed by clicking here.

Andrew Enns