The Pollcast: Balancing the environment and the economy is complicated

On the latest episode of the Pollcast, Dale Beugin of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission and David Coletto of Abacus Data discuss a new survey of Canadians' views of carbon pricing. Plus, the latest on the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The latest on the Kinder Morgan pipeline dispute, and what Canadians think of putting a price on carbon

The B.C. and Alberta provincial governments are at loggerheads over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, complicating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pledge to both grow the economy and protect the environment. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

As the federal government grapples with a dispute between British Columbia and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, the Liberals are also trying to sell their carbon pricing plan — just as some provincial politicians take up the fight against it.

On this week's episode of the Pollcast, host Éric Grenier is joined by Dale Beugin, executive director of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, and David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, to discuss the results of a new survey of public opinion on climate change and carbon pricing.

Éric and Nick Gamache break down the latest on the Trans Mountain project and the politics surrounding it, along with the latest poll numbers out of Quebec. They also talk about the people New Democrats in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have just chosen as their new leaders.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast here and listen to past episodes.​

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