How energy and environmental interest groups are working to sway voters in the fight for Canada's future - 2019-10-06
Conversations around Canada's oil and gas industry can vary greatly depending on where they take place in the country. In June, protesters took to the streets of downtown Vancouver to denounce the reapproval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. By contrast, the morning after the project's approval, oil and gas supporters gathered outside a downtown Calgary hotel where Finance Minister Bill Morneau was due to speak. Their slogan? Build more pipes.
These defenders argue the world's oil demand isn't slowing despite warnings by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to International Energy Agency estimates, crude oil demand in countries like China and India will increase over the next two decades. Natural gas is also heavily used in South Korea and Japan. In the industry's view, Canada is the best country to supply them.
Defenders argue Canada's industry is a responsible one and insist support remains strong coast-to-coast, but they are also funding advertising campaigns to put these issues on the screens and doorsteps of voters.