Polling Canada’s Climate
Author: Diana Carney
Release Date: October 31, 2013
This paper was prepared as background material for the November 2013 series of events entitled: ‘The Politics of Climate and the Climate of Politics’. These will showcase and interpret new data from a National Survey of Canadian Public Opinion on Climate Change produced by Canada 2020 and the University of Montreal.
The Canadian survey follows on from an extremely successful event on carbon pricing that Canada 2020 hosted in Ottawa in April 2013. This event represented a first attempt to move beyond the extreme partisanship and bitterness that has characterized the carbon debate in Canada. Our intention in continuing to work in this area is to produce data that can help facilitate a positive and collaborative dialogue on this pressing global issue, leading to meaningful action.
This paper explains the genesis of our poll and describes both the current Canadian and international climate context. It also summarizes those surveys on carbon and climate issues that have taken place in Canada since 2007. In so doing, it endeavors to situate our new findings (which are, at the time of writing, still in process) and leads to the final section that lays out the types of questions that we will be asking at our events.
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