Push the Canadian government to subsidize electric cars in a progressive way

Push the Canadian government to subsidize electric cars in a progressive way

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Mark Zemlinski started this petition to The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Petition to The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change WHEREAS WE, the undersigned citizens of Canada; electors of Francis Scarpaleggia; residence of the Province of Quebec; residents of the City of Montreal; Students of John Abbott College. Call upon The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change to ensure that all Canadian citizens will have access to zero-emission vehicles.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, “In 2019, the transport sector was the second-largest source of GHG emissions, accounting for 25% (186 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) of total national emissions” (Environment and climate change Canada, 2021, p.9). It is vital that the government of Canada encourages to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions to reach the goal of the target that by 2035, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions would be by the 2005 emission levels (Environment and climate change Canada, 2021, p.12). Removing almost 25% would be a huge leap for Canadians. Quebec has set the example. Quebec has become the first province to ensure that by 2035, the sale of all gas-powered cars will be banned. They will also give up to $8000 for the purchase of electric cars (The Car Guide).

Even though the Canadian Government is aware of the benefits to fight against climate change. The federal and provincial governments both have a duty to protect and keep their promises to reduce carbon emissions. If not they are unfairly causing harm to their own people. This is in itself a selfish act that goes against human rights laws. Instead of giving billions of dollars in tax benefits to oil and gas companies that are damaging the climate, the government of Canada should encourage the sale of electric vehicles. I believe that if the Federal government were to also subsidize electric cars in a progressive way, meaning that lower-income households would gain a larger subsidy, then more Canadians could contribute to removing 25% of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Environment and climate change Canada, (2021), GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/eccc/documents/pdf/cesindicators/ghg-emissions/2021/greenhouse-gas-emissions-en.pdf 


The car guide, (2020, November, 16), Gas-only Cars to be Banned in Quebec in 2035. The Car Guide. Retrieved from https://www.guideautoweb.com/en/articles/57792/gas-only-cars-to-be-banned-in-quebec-in-2035/ 

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