Albertans and rest of Canada polarized about revenue sharing from oil sands



    Globe and Mail survey examines attitudes about oil sands

    TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - An extensive coast-to-coast poll released today
by The Globe and Mail reveals that Albertans and their fellow Canadians see
remarkably eye-to-eye about the economic and social benefits of the oil sands,
and how they should be developed. Opinions veer sharply, however, about who
gets to keep the money from oil and gas revenues.
    A majority of Albertans (64 per cent) believe that they should be allowed
to keep revenues the province earns from its resources without sharing with
other provinces. Only 30 per cent of Canadians outside Alberta agree this
should be the case.
    The poll, undertaken by The Strategic Counsel for The Globe and Mail,
examines attitudes that Alberta and the rest of Canada have about the oil
sands. In-depth survey findings have been released exclusively today with the
launch of a special six-part Globe and Mail series Shifting Sands that
examines how Alberta's oil boom has transformed Canada.

    Other survey highlights:

    
    -  an overwhelming majority (79%) of Canadians say the oil sands has been
       a very good thing for Canada;
    -  a majority (55 per cent) of Canadians believe that the oil sands have
       had a negative effect on the environment, and even more Albertans
       agree (61%);
    -  62 per cent of Albertans say the oil sands have had a negative impact
       on their cost of living compared with 38 per cent of other Canadians;
    -  a majority of Albertan's (62%) feel that the pace of economic
       development in Alberta has been too fast.
    

    Shifting Sands will run daily from January 26 to February 2 in the front,
Focus and Report on Business sections of The Globe and Mail, while detailed,
interactive content will be found at www.globeandmail.com

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multi-media company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.

    Methodology

    The "Oil Sands" survey was undertaken by The Strategic Council and
conducted among 500 Canadians between January 22 and January 23, 2008 with a
margin of error of 4.4 per cent. The survey was conducted among 800 Albertans
between January 10 and 12, 2008, with a margin error of 3.5 per cent.





For further information:

For further information: about the survey contact: Teresa Pagnutti at
(416) 969-2721, (416) 230-0172 (cell), tpagnutti@environicspr.com; Nancy Evans
at (416) 969-2704, (416) 453-3636 (cell), nevans@environicspr.com

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