“The Manitoba NDP is pitching a plan to encourage people to ditch their fossil-fuel burning vehicles and switch to electric.
The plan was included in the opposition NDP’s alternative throne speech, released Friday ahead of the Progressive Conservative government’s throne speech, which Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon is expected to read on Tuesday.
The NDP plan includes a zero-interest, government-backed loan for the purchase of electric vehicles, which would be paid back over the life of the vehicle. Under the plan, the province would pool revenue from its upcoming carbon tax, which would then be doled out to Manitobans as repayable loans.”
See Manitoba NDP floats idea of loans to help switch to electric vehiclesManitoba is blessed with an abundance of renewable energy resources: wind, solar, hydro, forestry and crops. Unfortunately there is still a $billion or so spent every year for petroleum which is simply burned for heat. Many homes are still heated by oil fired furnaces and most automobiles are ICEd (Internal Combustion Engined), so we can do more.
The government of Manitoba has made plans for a modest tax on carbon but it’s not enough according to the New Democratic Party. They want to increase the tax and put the returns towards interest-free loans for purchasers of EVs. That would be good as I soon will be one… The federal government is requiring a tax on carbon but is allowing the provinces to configure it to suit their situations. I think Manitoba should tax my wife’s use of the SUV more… She needs to think electrically. 😉 I’m already there.