Last week I saw a new Nissan NV 200 van emblazoned with government decals and the Ecofitt logo. You may remember Ecofitt as the out of province company the NDP hired to install “free” lightbulbs at a cost of $21.5 million to Alberta taxpayers.
I’m sure the Notley NDP would like us to believe these vehicles are free but a base model is actually $25,000 and as we’ve already determined, there’s nothing “free” about this government program.
A review of Freedom of Information documents revealed that approximately $8 million of the $21.5 million was being spent on employee uniforms and a myriad of additional costs for recycling initiatives among other things.
Well, that $8 million includes costs for mileage, insurance and company vehicles.
One third of the total cost to run this program includes brand new vehicles.
We don’t know the total amount spent on vans and despite asking the Energy Ministry for the figure; they didn’t get back to me.
What I do know from reviewing the specs for these vehicles however, is that they aren’t electric which brings to mind the hypocrisy of this NDP government who suggested that all of us laggards should walk or take a bus rather than drive cars.
The NDP claim they created 70 jobs by implementing this program, but they’ve also created more greenhouse gas emissions by putting these new vehicles on the road, proving yet again, us laggards don’t hold a candle to these hypocrites and polluters.