Despite the feverish rate of oil sands expansion, only 28 per cent of Albertans believe that the oil sands should be developed as fast as possible, 67% disagree
The argument of economic ruin if you slow the pace of development doesn't resonate:
Ten times more Albertans believe that oil sands development is occurring “too fast” than believe it is occurring “too slowly.” In total, 53 per cent of Albertans believe that oil sands development is occurring either “a little too fast” or “much too fast.” 35% think the pace is about right.
One of the main concerns of environmental groups, as the greed for oil grows, proper assessment is being fast-tracked. Albertans again, don't share the viewpoint:
Of Albertans surveyed, 71 per cent believe that the Alberta government should suspend new oil sands project approvals until environmental and infrastructure issues have been resolved.
People like Manning and the Fraser Institute argue that government shouldn't interfere with free enterprise. Again, Albertans favor intervention:
Of Albertans surveyed, 74 per cent believe the Alberta Government should play an active role in managing the rate of oil sands development. Only a minority of Albertans believe that it should be up to market forces to decide how fast oil sands should be developed.
Obviously, the tone of the federal and provincial government isn't reflected in the people that it claims to want to protect. Albertans seem entirely mature and responsible in their opinions, which is quite a testament, given the conflicting issues. Apparently, Albertans don't subscribe to the doom and gloom theory, in fact they would appear to agree that growth is too fast. Does government represent the people, or the powerful? Exactly.