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Quebec to ban sale of new gasoline-powered cars from 2035

CommoditiesNov 16, 2020 04:56PM ET
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Quebec said on Monday it will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars from 2035, joining California and others in announcing moves to shift to electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada's second-most populous province announced the ban as part of a C$6.7 billion ($5.1 billion) plan over five years to help Quebec meet a target of reducing its greenhouses gases by 37.5% by 2030, in comparison with 1990 levels, Premier Francois Legault told reporters in Montreal.

The ban will bring Quebec in line with other jurisdictions such as California, the largest U.S. auto market, which in September announced a move to electric vehicles starting in 2035.

Brian Kingston, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association, reacting by Twitter on Monday to Quebec's announcement, said: "Consumers need more support to buy new (zero-emission vehicles) ZEVs, not bans on internal combustion vehicles."

The Canadian province of British Columbia has already moved to phase out fuel-powered cars and trucks over a two-decade period, with a total ban on their sale or lease coming into effect in 2040.

The United Kingdom is also said to be working on a similar decision.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised sweeping measures to fight climate change and boost economic growth, including making zero-emission vehicles more affordable and investing in charging stations across the country.

While the coronavirus pandemic has forced the Liberal leader to focus more on emergency aid to help businesses and people get through the downturn, the government has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 and is expected to begin earmarking investments in a fiscal update before Christmas and a separate budget early next year.

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Quebec to ban sale of new gasoline-powered cars from 2035
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Nov 16, 2020 11:06PM ET
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I don't necessarily disagree with this, but how will this effect the lower income people. Will they just pile on more social programs to deal with the unintended consequences again?
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The problem with socialism : Too SLOW.
David Bennett
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$200.00 is coming.
David Bennett
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$200.00 a bbl
John Klan
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Then they can wipe out their ecosystem by putting in windmill farms and acres of solar panels. They'll also have to find a place to dump all the old used up batteries.
Benjamin McIntire
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Renewables expert John “Klan”
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Trudeau is an insane Communist.
Benjamin McIntire
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Suuuure, he also has nothing to do with this as its province of Quebec decision.
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Vive le Québec libre!!!...bientôt un noveau referendum sera lancé.Je me souviens!!!
 
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