Despite all the carefully cultivated social media photos of her commuting by bike in high heels and a skirt, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is doing a lot cruising in her gas-powered car to and from work.
We have the exclusive mileage logs to prove it.
We asked the government to provide copies of the logs of the official vehicle used to transport the Minister of the Environment since November 1st, 2016.
The mileage logs show that for the first two years that McKenna was in office, she didn't drive an electric or electric hybrid car. She was claiming kilometers and a lot of them on a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek.
In her comfortable gas-powered SUV, McKenna racked up nearly 39,000 kilometers between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. I guess only your car is bad for the earth!
By April 2017, McKenna began claiming kilometers on a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid — a smart move, considering fully electric cars don't work so well in Ottawa winters.
From the beginning of April 2017 to August 20th, 2019 McKenna racked up nearly 74,000 kilometers on her Prius.
According to Car and Driver magazine, a hybrid Prius can be green for short trips, but not for the kind of miles McKenna is making. Her hybrid only has a range of about 25 electric-only miles before the gasoline engine has to kick in — and it’s even fewer in cold weather. It's basic virtue signaling in the form of a car that screams “Look how green I am... but only for the first 25 miles of driving at room temperature!”
McKenna can claim to be environmentally conscious. But her odometer is telling another story.