The people of Province of Quebec are almost certainly the leader in Canada when it comes to support for action on climate change. A recent Leger poll gives some insight into the opinions of Quebecers:
- 92% see industrial activities as very important or rather important for climate change in Quebec compared to 86% seeing the car and 84% seeing truck transport of goods as similarly important;
- 86% see climate change as causing more periods of thawing in winter;
- 80% support Quebec being a leader in the battle against climate change in North America;
- 88% see renewable energy as an important component of the battle against climate change;
- 75% see industry as a most important actor in addressing climate change, 75% ascribe the same to the federal government, 67% to the provincial government, 60% to citizens, and 52% to municipalities; and
- 83% support taxes on the heaviest consuming vehicles.
Lots more very interesting data in the poll, conducted by Leger Marketing for le Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec and available only in French at http://www.rncreq.org/images/UserFiles/files/RNCREQ_Sondage-Changementsclimatiques_2012.pdf
“The people of Province of Quebec are almost certainly the leader in Canada when it comes to support for action on climate change.”
On the other hand, Quebec’s leadership might also be looked at as laggership. Quebec is now roughly where the rest of N Americans were back in 2007-2009. The rest of us have moved on, Quebec is behind the times.