Here's why Enbridge doesn't want to see that happen: a new Insights West poll shows that such a vote would likely reject the project.
The pollster conducted an online study involving 647 British Columbians from June 17 to 21. The results have a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.
According to the poll, 63 percent of British Columbians like the idea of a plebiscite on Northern Gateway. If such a vote happened, 48 percent of B.C. residents would vote no to the project, while 38 percent would vote yes.
Insights West says in a news release:
Voting intention for the plebiscite is split along age, gender and party lines. Men (52%), residents aged 55 and over (49%) and people who voted for the BC Liberals last year (59%) would be more likely to vote “Yes.” Conversely, most women (56%), residents aged 18-to-34 (55%) and BC NDP voters in 2013 (63%) are “No” voters at this point.
With at least a fraction of the undecideds likely to vote no, opponents of the pipeline would win the day.
The Stephen Harper government granted conditional approval to the project on June 17.