National Newswatch

Reality Check: For first time in nearly 2 years support for TMX below majority, once Canadians learn of rising costs

Feb 19 2020 — — On February 7 TransMountain President and CEO Ian Anderson announced that the company’s beleaguered pipeline expansion project between Burnaby and Edmonton would now carry an estimated cost of $12.6 billion, a considerable jump from the $7.4 billion initially estimated by the federal government, or the $5.4 billion estimated by previous owner Kinder Morgan. A new […]

Coastal Gaslink Chaos: Two-in-five support protesters in natural gas project dispute; half support pipeline

Feb 13 2020 — — Near-unanimous sentiment the pipeline will be built, regardless of protests and delays. Disruptions, blockades and protests in cities across the country may have amplified the message of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to a $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline being built by Coastal Gaslink in their traditional territory in northern British Columbia, but how are they […]

New Frontier: As Trudeau government mulls approval, Canadians divided on political, regional lines over Teck mine

Feb 12 2020 — — Uncertainty over whether approval means the project will ultimately be built. As political and regional lines are drawn in the battle for hearts and minds over the proposed Teck Frontier oil sands mine, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week that rejecting the project may represent “a boiling point’ for western […]

Canadian voters’ sensitivity to party stances on social values shows CPC has room to move to the centre

Feb 6 2020 — — Left-leaning Canadians more likely to say social values stances of a party leader would affect their vote. The handful of moderate would-be Conservative leadership hopefuls who ended their putative campaigns before they began may find themselves persuaded to reconsider their decisions. This, as the latest study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians who […]

Social Values in Canada: Consensus on assisted dying & LGBTQ2 rights, division over abortion rights, diversity

Jan 24 2020 — — With the federal government set to end its consultation process on possible changes to assisted dying legislation Monday, Canadians have only a short window left to comment. But new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute already indicates support for fewer regulations associated with doctor assisted dying has increased in recent years. Indeed, four-in-five (80%) […]

As unfavourable views of China rise, Canadians are split over wisdom of Meng arrest

Dec 11 2019 — — News that China is now moving to prosecute two Canadian citizens who have been imprisoned without charge for a year represents the latest development in ongoing diplomatic strife between the two countries. The diplomatic crisis, which began with the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and subsequent detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor under […]