Over 70% of Canadians say they support increasing Canadian oil and gas production to reduce the world’s dependence on Russian energy. recent polls.
A poll released on October 12 by market research firm Leger found that 72% of Canadians support increasing production and exports of domestic oil and gas resources.
The poll was conducted through the company’s online panel among 1,535 Canadian residents aged 18 and over between September 30th and October 3rd.
Respondents were asked whether they supported or opposed Canada developing and exporting more oil resources internationally. [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has paid for his invasion of Ukraine by selling Russia’s oil and gas resources to Europe, America, Canada and other countries.”
Of those who expressed their support, 49% said they “strongly support” the move, while 23% said they “relatively support” it. Thirteen percent said they were either ‘somewhat opposed’ or ‘strongly opposed’ to increasing oil exports, and 15% said they were ‘not sure’.
The Ukraine-Russia conflict is now in its eighth month. Canada has banned imports of Russian crude since the invasion began on her February 24th.
In March, Federal Minister for Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said Canada could increase its oil and gas exports by up to 300,000 barrels per day by the end of 2022 to reduce global dependence on Russian energy exports. said there is.
At a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on August 22, Chancellor Justin Trudeau told reporters that Canada was ready to ease regulatory requirements on exports of natural gas to Europe. , questioned whether the business case for such investments exists.
A day after Prime Minister Trudeau downplayed the economic viability of the investment, Scholz said he hoped Canada could “play a major role” in easing the transition away from importing gas from Russia. Told.
“For now, this means increasing LNG imports. We expect Canadian LNG to play a big role in this,” Scholz said at the time.
A Leger poll found 54% of respondents agreed with the statement that Canada can only help its European allies if government obstacles to the production of these resources and the construction of new pipelines are removed. Did.
Sixteen percent said there was no business case for increasing oil exports because “it would be too costly for companies to develop resources and export them to Europe”, while 30% said they were “not sure.”
Reuters contributed to this report.