A new survey finds Canadians are deeply skeptical of water supplies

Some people are deeply distrustful of the Canadian water system and the water supply management agencies they rely on.

A new poll found that 42 per cent of Canadians have a negative view of Canada’s water systems and agencies, including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and the Canadian Hydropower Agency (CHPA).

The poll was conducted in the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation into the role of the CEAA in approving large-scale hydroelectric projects in northern Ontario.

The CEAA approved a large-capacity hydroelectric dam in the area in 2016, but the CEOA did not publicly release the results until now.

The Canadian Environmental Assocation (CEA) did not respond to a request for comment.

But the poll shows Canadians are distrustful about water systems, agencies, and the way they operate.

A majority of respondents (57 per cent) believe the Canadian government and agencies are too dependent on government contracts to deliver services to Canadians.

A further 42 per of respondents, or 53 per cent, believe the federal government is too dependent upon federal agencies to deliver service to Canadians, while just 18 per cent say the same of the provinces.

Some Canadians believe water systems are too centralized, but more than half of them (55 per cent), including 52 per cent who have a positive view of the government, believe they are independent and transparent.

“This is an indication of how badly the CEAs decisions are being taken by a government that has never been held accountable for their actions,” said Jim Murphy, an analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies.

“What we are seeing is that they are being led by a coalition of industry, and it’s led by the CEA.

It’s a coalition led by big water.”

Murphy said the poll was a timely reminder of the need for Canadians to understand the way the water system works.

“I’m surprised that they [the CEAs] didn’t look at their own history,” he said.

“They’re trying to get their way by creating these artificial boundaries.

They’re trying this.

But they’re making it a lot easier for them to do it.”

For a list of poll results, visit: www.theglobeandmail.com/polls/2016/05/22/confidence-in-the-water-system.html