The message the Suncor CEO left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents say they support the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to B.C.’s coast, while 24 per cent of respondents oppose it. Twenty per cent of Canadians aren’t sure whether or not they should support it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed to the Vancouver region’s record-high gasoline prices Monday as he defended the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“Pipelines are integral to the Canadian economy, but especially northern Alberta,” Viersen said. “Most of the petroleum products from Alberta are produced in northern Alberta. It affects us immensely.”

With pressure building fast, federal and Alberta officials are meeting almost daily to work out some kind of ownership or backstop deal. They convene in Ottawa and keep in regular contact with the company.

The federal cabinet gave the green light to both Trans Mountain and Line 3 — the largest project in the history of Enbridge — on the same day in November 2016.

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