Canada presents mammoth program for climate protection


In future, charging current for Canada’s electric vehicles will no longer be billed according to the time spent at the charging station, but rather according to the amount of energy drawn. The current time accounting penalizes owners of slow-charging cars. The change sounds banal, but it is not cheap: The government’s current budget plan provides for the development of new accounting standards for 56 million Canadian dollars (1 euro is about 1.5 Canadian dollars), spread over five years. Compared to other “green” budget items, this is a no brainer.

In addition to the $ 15 billion for public transport announced in February, including new subway lines, electric buses and the improvement of rail services between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, there is now a further $ 17.6 billion for eco- Programs added. However, it remains to be seen whether the budget will be decided this way or modified.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads a liberal minority government and supports the resolution of the Budgets 2021 rely on the support of other parties. Since the conservatives are unlikely to help out and the Greens are insignificant, only the Social Democrats (NDP) and the Francophone separatists (Bloc Québécois) remain as partners. The NDP is said to be preparing for new elections. On the other hand, the Liberals enjoy good polling numbers; So new elections could do more harm to the NDP than Trudeau’s liberals.

Trudeau’s new political goal is a reduction in man-made greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030. So far, the goal of the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper has been a 30 percent reduction. Canada’s economy should even have CO by 20502– run neutrally. At the same time, the population and economy should continue to grow, not least through immigration.

The government will issue billions in bonds to finance government investments in greener economies. A five billion dollar “green bond” is supposed to start, “many more” are to follow. There are also new tariffs. They are said to be the result of domestic CO2– To cushion the competitive disadvantage caused by taxes. Details are open.

Taxes on tobacco products will be increased; through deforestation, fertilizers, chemicals, manufacturing, transportation, and incineration, especially at Cigarette butts, as toxic waste, pollute the environment. Canada’s indigenous peoples are given the opportunity to collect additional taxes on fuel, alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis in their territories. Federal official travel will be reduced, which could save about $ 220 million annually.

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