François Legault continues to refuse to penalize the purchase of large vehicles

(Montreal) François Legault still refuses to put the brakes on the purchase of SUVs and pickups, despite his concerns about global warming, which is brutally manifesting itself these days in Europe, Africa and the west of the country.

Posted at 6:06 p.m

Pierre Saint Arnaud
The Canadian Press

Asked about it during a partisan announcement in Montreal on Thursday, Mr Legault acknowledged that “global warming is a matter of concern for the entire planet and it is of particular concern when we think of our children, our grandchildren.

“We must act,” he said.

However, he refused to even raise the issue of disincentives for buying large vehicles, although he strongly asked about it. Rather, the Prime Minister only wanted to talk about the incentives offered for the purchase of electric vehicles, which he is banking heavily on.


PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

François Legault at a press conference on July 21

“We have very important incentives for those who buy electric vehicles,” he recalled at first, but acknowledged that there is a bone: “Unfortunately at the moment there are delivery delays that are long, but we will continue to do so with incentives for.” people to buy more electric vehicles. »

In fact, these vehicles are mostly unavailable and buyers find themselves on waiting lists that can reach and even exceed two years. Meanwhile, sales of “light trucks” — a segment that includes SUVs and pickups — continue to rise.

Main cause of the increase in greenhouse gases

However, transportation remains Quebec’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and growth in light-duty truck sales was the primary driver of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released last February by the Chair of Energy Sector Management at HEC Montreal in Quebec since 2014.

This growth is phenomenal. Long recognized as North America’s largest consumer of small cars, Quebec has succumbed to the charm of large, heavy and energy-guzzling vehicles.

SUVs and light trucks, which accounted for about 20.1% of the vehicle fleet in 2011, now account for almost 42.2%. The automobile share of Quebec’s automobile fleet fell from 71.3% to 55.1%.

As a sideline, Mr. Legault recalled that Quebec is the state with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions rate in North America, a situation largely due to the availability of renewable electricity generated by hydroelectric power plants.

He also recalled: “We have announced major public transport projects, including the REM de l’Est, including the blue line. There are also some on the north coast, on the south coast”.

“It is certain that we must continue to act,” defended the Prime Minister, reaffirming his goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. “That is our aim and we hope that the neighbors will do the same. »

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