On Wednesday, the Trudeau Liberals moved one step closer to mandating the sale of electric vehicles, proposing regulations that would require auto dealers to ensure that an increasing number of EVs are sold each year.
The move was spearheaded by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, who claimed that EVs, which cost more than their traditional gas counterparts, would actually "make life more affordable for families across the country."
Under the regulations, 20 percent of new vehicles sold in Canada would have to be EVs by 2026, with that number increasing incrementally to 100 percent by 2035.
"Electric vehicles not only help keep our air clean, they can help families save money on monthly bills, too," the Government of Canada wrote in a press release, citing "rising and unpredictable world oil prices and the growing desire by Canadians to lower their environmental footprint."
The government not only expressed a desire that Canadians would buy more EVs, but that more of the cars would be made in Canada. To help make this a reality, they vowed to make "historic investments" in manufacturing which would generate "jobs and prosperity for generations of workers to come."
Additionally, investments have been made to install 50,000 more EV charging stations in communities from coast to coast to coast.
"Zero-emission vehicles are where the rubber hits the road for cost-conscious Canadians who want to help the environment while getting off the roller-coaster of high gasoline prices, Guilbeault suggested, adding that it would "make life more affordable for families across the country."
Canadians have seventy-five days to submit feedback, with the final regulations set to be published in 2023.
Politicians and environmental activists across the world have pushed EVs without much mention of their downsides. They can be very susceptible to harsh weather, and in Canada, where it often dips well below freezing for months at a time, this is an issue that cannot be overlooked. The prohibitively high cost to purchase an EV makes them unattainable for many Canadians, as does the fact that charging is not accessible for everyone.
On top of all this, there have been concerns raised regarding the supply chain, with human rights groups pointing out gross violations in places like China where most of the world's EV batteries and their components originate.
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