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For release June 25, 2010
Climate Action Network Canada

Canadians want Harper to lead on climate change, fossil fuel subsidy phase out at G8/G20: poll

A strong majority of Canadians want to see climate leadership at the G8 and G20 summits in Muskoka and Toronto, according to a poll released today by Climate Action Network–Réseau action climat Canada. The survey, conducted by the Gandalf Group over the past week, also shows strong support for phasing out Canada’s fossil fuel subsidies.

“This poll sends a clear message that Canadians aren’t buying the government’s line that we need to wait for the U.S. before we can tackle climate change. Canadians want leadership on climate change, and they see these summits as a moment to take action,” said Graham Saul, Climate Action Network.

Key findings from the poll include:

•    70% of respondents said they support the government taking action to reduce fossil fuel subsidies (47% strongly support; 23% support). Tax advantages to oil and gas producers in Canada are worth an estimated $2 billion a year.

•    78% of respondents believe that the Canadian government should use the G8 and G20 meetings as an opportunity to signal that Canada wants to be a leader in the global fight against climate change (48% strongly support; 30% support).

•    65% oppose the Canadian government’s strategy of waiting for the U.S. and other nations to develop their plans before implementing further climate change measures.

“Canadians want their country to be a force for positive change in the world,” said Jennifer Espey, Principal of the Gandalf Group. “There is a growing understanding of the catastrophic effects of climate change. Those two factors combine in a demand from Canadians that their government be a leader, not a follower, in finding global solutions.”


For more information, contact:
Alex Swann                
The Gandalf Group

Graham Saul
Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

For media inquires:

Hannah McKinnon


The Gandalf Group designed a survey that was fielded between June 17 and June 22, 2010 with a national proportionate sample of 1,158 Canadian adults. This sample yields a margin of error of +/- 2.88% 19 times out of 20.

Climate Action Network Canada–Réseau action climat Canada is a nation-wide coalition of more than 50 environmental, faith, development, labour, aboriginal, health, and youth organizations committed to making action on climate change by Canada a reality.