A majority of Canadians support the controversial expansion of a pipeline to the Pacific from neighboring provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, according to a survey by the Angus Reid Institute.
Fifty-five percent of those interviewed support plans to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Support for this project project is up because only 49% of respondents favored it in February, according to Angus Reid.
The oil province of Alberta and British Columbia have been at loggerheads for months on the extension of the pipeline by Kinder Morgan, a US-based company
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a last-minute change on Sunday in a busy international agenda to try to unravel the impasse between the two provinces, but to no avail. In recent weeks, about 200 protesters blocking the Kinder Morgan site near Vancouver have been arrested, including two MPs in the Parliament of Ottawa.
Greenpeace protesters also disrupted Justin Trudeau's visit to the UK on Wednesday in front of the entrance of the Canadian embassy in London
The Trudeau government approved in 2016 this project of 7.4 billion Canadian dollars (4.8 billion euros), because of its "national interest"
The British Columbia government, which has the same Social Democrat tendency as in Alberta, opposes this extension in the courts, supported by Amerindian communities and environmental groups.
The tension between the two provinces rose after Kinder Morgan's decision to suspend the project in the face of the uncertainty surrounding its completion, or even abandon it on May 31 if British Columbia continues its challenge.  59002] Two-in-three Canadians (64%) feel British Columbia is not justified in trying to block the project, according to the survey
In British Columbia, support for the project is also increasing, 54% of respondents were in favor, compared to 48% in February, despite Alberta's threats to cut fuel supplies to its neighbor.
"More and more Canadians seem to be losing patience with the delaying tactics of the government. Government of British Columbia, "notes Angus Reid
The poll, conducted online on April 16 and 17 in a sample of 2,125 people, has a margin of error of 3%.