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Canadians are concerned about the economy, want a strong natural gas and oil sector to drive recovery: poll

44% of Canadians chose the economy as the biggest priority for government

September 23, 2020  by CM Staff

CALGARY, Alta. — The state of the country’s economy is the biggest issue for Canadians, according to a new poll from IPSOS. The poll has 44% of Canadians choosing the economy as the biggest priority for government, even putting it ahead of healthcare (chosen as the top issue by 36% of those surveyed). All other issues fall far down the list of concerns.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians (64%) say that natural gas and oil need to be a part of Canada’s recovery and more than half (55%) believe supporting jobs in Canadian natural gas and oil is more important than ever because we need it to kick start our economy.

The new data from IPSOS, which surveyed people across the country, demonstrates Canadians are supportive of growth and development for Canada’s natural gas and oil sector.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is encouraged to see strong support from Canadians and urges the federal government to show the same level of support for the natural gas and oil industry.


“Government policy must be considered in the context of a strong economic recovery plan,” said Tim McMillan, president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “It’s time to signal to the international community that Canada is a good place to do business and market our strengths to attract investment back to our industries.”

CAPP has just published its Vision for Canada’s Recovery report, which highlights the positive potential impact of the industry in creating jobs for Canadians and boosting the country’s economic recovery.

According to Statistics Canada, exports of crude oil, bitumen, natural gas and natural gas liquids generated more than $102 billion in 2019. Add in refined petroleum and the total rises to more than $112 billion — about 19% of the revenue from all of Canada’s exports combined.

The industry supports half a million jobs across the country and a supply chain that reaches from coast to coast and contributes to economic growth and prosperity for thousands of businesses.

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