Kennedy Stewart

MP, Burnaby—Douglas


February 28th, 2012 - 2:30am

FEBRUARY 27, 2012

55% support, 45% oppose 300,000 barrel per day pipeline

BURNABY, BC – Today Kennedy Stewart, Associate Critic for Natural Resources and MP for Burnaby–Douglas, released the results of a telephone survey regarding Kinder Morgan’s plans to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline through the Kamloops region. Conducted between February 21st and 23rd, the survey of nearly 30,000 Kamloops area households shows the community is divided on this new oil pipeline. With over 4,000 households providing a response, 55% of those with an opinion support the project while 45% oppose the new pipeline.

“These results show Kinder Morgan will have a lot of work to do before they build a new 300,000 barrel per day oil pipeline though the North Thompson Valley and beneath the Thompson River," said Stewart. "What is most disappointing is that the Conservative government has already decided to unconditionally support this new pipeline before the proposal is even submitted for review to the National Energy Board. We find this rash response unacceptable. The NDP will continue to provide balanced information to affected residents and meaningfully consult them as this expansion proposal pushes ahead."

The Kamloops survey is part of the continuing efforts by the NDP to consult widely with British Columbians on the new Trans Mountain oil pipeline. An identical phone survey of almost 40,000 residents in Stewart's riding of Burnaby-Douglas, through which the new pipeline is also planned to pass, showed that 72% of those with an opinion opposed the expansion. A province-wide phone opinion poll conducted by the Mustel group showed 60% of British Columbians with an opinion oppose the new pipeline.

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See attached for survey question and polling table.

Kennedy Stewart is the Associate Natural Resources Critic and member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and is a tenured associate professor on leave from Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy.

For more information, please contact:
Ryan Sudds, Office of Kennedy Stewart, (604) 291-8863 or

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