The surcharge proposed by Québec solidaire on ultra-polluting vehicles has the outgoing Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, fearing a wave of government protest similar to the yellow vest movement of 2018-2019, in France.
Posted at 6:58 p.m.
Candidates from four of the five main parties participated Monday in a debate on the theme of “the green economy” organized by the Environment Network, the Council of Environmental Technology Companies of Quebec (CETEQ) and the Association québécoise de la renewable energy production (AQPER), in Montreal.
Invited and then revived, the Conservative Party of Quebec decided not to delegate candidates to the event.
Although the debate began on a rather consensual tone, it then escalated during an exchange between Benoit Charette and the president and candidate of Québec solidaire in the riding of Verdun, Alejandra Zaga-Mendez, about the surtax proposed by the left-wing on “ultra-polluting” vehicles.
“The great danger is to create an aversion to mobilization. We must mobilize the population and not turn it against us in this essential debate on the fight against climate change, ”launched the CAQ candidate in Deux-Montagnes, giving as an example the movement of yellow vests in France.
In the fall of 2018, a new fuel tax which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions provoked this vast protest movement in France. This had gained momentum and led to violent demonstrations, in addition to inspiring several similar movements in other countries.
However, only vehicles emitting more than 210 grams of CO2 per kilometer are affected by the measure proposed by Québec solidaire, replied Alejandra Zaga-Mendez, doctoral student in environmental economics.
“We are not attacking the majority, it is not a tax at the pump, what we are proposing. This is a measure that already exists elsewhere and which is a counter-incentive for ultra-polluting vehicles with exemptions that have been explained, whether for large families, for work, regionally,” he added. she added, in a scrum, after the debate.
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