Canadians want their government to develop a national energy strategy that would protect the environment and help the country reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
That's the takeaway of a recent national poll, published earlier this month in the trade magazine Alberta Oil. But it's received little attention anywhere else.
This past winter, Leger Marketing randomly selected more than 1,400 Canadians from every region of the country except the North, and asked them a series of questions regarding their views on energy, including their appetite for a national energy strategy.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has recently come out in support of a Canadian energy strategy. In January, she told the Economic Club of Canada that, while clean energy and efficiency would be important elements of such a plan, it should at its core enable new pipelines.
"Forging stronger links with Asia will be a key part of any Canadian energy strategy," Redford said.
The Alberta Energy survey is the first strong indication that Canadians are not only ready for an energy strategy, but that they feel it should help transition the nation to cleaner energy. Key findings:
Earlier this year, my team hosted a series of workshops across the country with business, academic and other non-government leaders. They told us that if we want Canada to remain strong and prosperous, we must make a plan to shift from the oil-focused economy we have today, to the clean energy economy we want and need tomorrow.
The Alberta Oil survey findings suggest that the general public is, to a large degree, on the same page.