On Monday, December 2 2019, Positive Energy hosted a debate at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making.
On Monday, October 7 2019, Positive Energy hosted a major national conference in Ottawa to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making, to share the results of cutting-edge research and engagement on polarization, and to identify promising avenues to address it. A marquee line-up of speakers from the energy, environmental, Indigenous, government, industry and academic sectors focused on these crucial issues for the future of Canada.
Interview by Professor Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy and Director, ISSP, on the CBC Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan, about the new University of Ottawa Positive Energy survey Polarization over Energy and Climate in Canada.
Op-ed article written by Stephen Bird, Erick Lachapelle and Monica Gattinger for Policy Options, about the new University of Ottawa Positive Energy survey Polarization over Energy and Climate in Canada.
Author: Stephen Bird, Monica Gattinger, Erick Lachapelle
Research team Positive Energy, uOttawa
(Originally appeared on Policy Options, on January 8, 2020)
It is common to say that Canada’s energy and climate debate is polarized. Carbon taxes, pipelines, Indigenous consent — the debate is crowded with complicated subjects that attract strong views. But just how polarized is public opinion on these issues?
Positive Energy, an energy research program at the University of Ottawa, has designed an original survey to measure polarization on climate and energy issues. We polled Canadians with the survey for the first time in September 2019, and will continue to do so annually to track whether polarization is increasing or decreasing over time.
This article presents top-level findings from the survey. Subsequent analyses will explore the role of values, ideology, community size and other factors on public opinion on energy and climate issues.
The Ottawa Citizen article, written by Tom Spears, about Ottawa's new climate plan, citing Michael Cleland (Senior Fellow, Positive Energy) and Monica Gattinger (Chair, Positive Energy and Director, ISSP).