January 10, 2016

Elizabeth May claims “every other car” in B.C. is a Prius: WATCH proof she's wrong

David MenziesMission Specialist

Elizabeth May, leader of Canada’s Green Party, is at it again and this time she’s spreading mistruths about the popularity of electric vehicles in the one province with enough true believers to have given her party one seat in the House of Commons.

While on a radio show the other day, she raved about the Paris Climate talks that cost Canadians a small fortune but accomplished virtually NOTHING!

She also, whether she realized it or not, lied about the popularity of electric vehicles in British Columbia.

Watch my report to find out the facts about electric cars and also to find out what she and Premiere Christy Clark have planned for the province -- if you can believe her that is.


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commented 2016-01-12 17:54:18 -0500
Come on guys stop picking on the poor demented Socialist. She is most likely completely unaware of her own green delusions. “The ends justify the means” so what’s one more socialist lie. I feel sorry for the poor disillusioned Greenies that actually think she has something relevant to say. Crank up the Taxes, somebody has to pay for her extravagant jet setting to Party with the Greenies of the Globe.
commented 2016-01-12 09:55:27 -0500
Lie in order to get the message out there to the ill informed. Then its up to others to counter the lie with the truth. And the truth usually hits paragraph 26 on page 20 of the liberal news media.
commented 2016-01-12 03:53:05 -0500
Lizzie The Lush should get off Saltspring Island more often and get a dose of reality…. Even in prime tree-hugger country on Vancouver Island, such as Otter Point Road from Sooke to Gordon’s Beach, she will encounter TWICE as many 4WD pickup trucks than anything else… On that fact I am willing to bet her a bottle of her favourite schnapps..
commented 2016-01-11 23:54:17 -0500
Dr. Genius: the comments I made about the politically-correct way of burning gasoline referred to the Prius, not the Volt. Read my post again. And the Volt, being an all-electric car, is still going to place an additional load on the electrical grid. There is not an unlimited supply of electricity, as some seem to think, and thousands or millions of electric cars will be without fuel unless we build more power generating plants. Lots more.

I read somewhere that if all of Europe converted to electric cars, they would use up the world’s entire known reserves of lithium. Guess what would happen to the price of batteries.
commented 2016-01-11 21:50:24 -0500
Well what happened to the diesel Mark York? My point and I guess you missed it was that my car exceeds the fuel economy of the Prius on the highway. I have owned 4 VW diesels and each of these get between 4.5 and 5 l/100 at more than 120 km/hr throughout the ownership of the car. Winter driving will cost about 20% due to weather and change in fuel. I trade in at around 320k km. Unlike the Prius they have lots of room in both e cabin and trunk. And hey after 7 years I am not depositing a battery , and you believed the salesman! Try getting anywhere near those numbers with a Prius. Quite frankly the Prius is a cheaply made car that carries a big sticker price because of the electric mumbo jumbo . Base price 26k. You never mentioned what the service costs are.
commented 2016-01-11 19:51:50 -0500
Lithium is hardly abundant on the planet as well, it is more green than the other types of batteries for now, but is hardly a renewable source of power and try fixing a hybrid, see how it affects your pocketbook, no problem for Leo of course.
commented 2016-01-11 18:54:34 -0500
All-Electric cars wont be mainstream until the automakers standardize on batteries that can be swapped in 45 seconds by the owner who can exchange them at a ‘gas station/battery charging&swapping facility’. Wiring your garage for 220 or even 440 power is ludicrous and will be laughed at 5 years from now. Not to mention the fact that people who live in condos or park on the street cant recharge their electric cars that easily (unless they can find a high voltage extension cord somewhere).
commented 2016-01-11 17:49:18 -0500
Dam Thomas wrote «It’s just a more complicated, more expensive, and more politically correct way of burning gasoline. Once you figure in the environmental damage incurred in making and disposing of the many lead-acid batteries in that car (every eight years or so a new set?), it likely does more damage than a plain old Corolla.»

That’s not accurate. The Chevy Volt makes a bit of environmental sense because it has a non-trivial lithium-ion battery that will let you drive a normal daily commuting distance without falling back to gasoline. Its main problem is that it isn’t economically viable: it costs twice as much as a gasoline-powered car and its Li-ion battery wears out after several years as you indicate, but Li-ion costs a lot more than lead-acid to replace. This economic impracticality is reflected in its poor sales figures.
commented 2016-01-11 17:41:29 -0500
Rebelation wrote «If you want a zero emissions car, just build one. Take a Chev volt … replace it what a one that runs on compressed air, and replace the gas tanks with air tanks»

Compressed air is even less practical than batteries and a Chevy Volt is a terrible starting point because it costs twice as much as an equivalent gasoline-powered car. If you want a zero-emission car, get a bus pass.
commented 2016-01-11 17:39:00 -0500
Elizabeth May is as irrelevant as she is delusional.
commented 2016-01-11 14:15:29 -0500
Obviously May has not been to the BC capitol lately. I have and was shocked at the number of SUVs, Mercedes, BMWs and many more high priced gas guzzling vehicles. In fact for a City who has disdain for oil they sure spend enough running old diesel buses and other carbon intensive vehicles. In my view there are more hypocrites in Victory than there are true environmentalists. Then again they are the same breed. Do as I say not as I do. The only Prius you’ll see is that which is driven by a taxi company. I guess May’s coment was about the taxi industry alone. LMAO
commented 2016-01-11 03:44:08 -0500
This whole thing is so stupid. If you want a zero emissions car, just build one. Take a Chev volt, take out the small gas engine used to power the generator and replace it what a one that runs on compressed air, and replace the gas tanks with air tanks – done!
commented 2016-01-11 01:40:46 -0500
@peter KARELSE A little bit of reality about the Prius. It definitely does get great mileage without sucking hydro from your power meter every night. Depending on the season you will get anywhere between average 4 to 6 liters per 100 kms which you will never see in any other non electric vehicle. Not to mention the Prius’ braking system that lasts 3 times longer because the friction only kicks in around 10Km/Hr with the high speeds being slowed down by the electric engine while recharging the battery. It is really a gem of technology that probably wouldn’t be built by Toyota if it wasn’t for CAFE Standards (Google it). Any concern about the batteries are minimal; talk to any dealer and they will tell you that outside of batteries that are damaged by car accidents or other similar occurrence they last well beyond their 7 year life expectancy and in the event one does need replacing there are places that will rebuild the battery cells for moderate costs without have to turf the entire battery. As for your diesel VW we all know what happened there.
commented 2016-01-11 01:26:50 -0500
I own a Prius in BC but its not because of the environment or producing less pollution. It’s because I am SICK of paying exorbitant gas prices in BC with the Carbon Taxes, Transit Levies, Translink gouging and other money grabbing taxes on gasoline in BC where motorists pay more for gas than anywhere else in North America. .
commented 2016-01-11 00:52:46 -0500
Cheap booze.
commented 2016-01-10 23:34:06 -0500
Unfortunately Lizzy May is nothing but a twit, albeit a drunk one. She is insignificant in so many ways why do people even bother with her. Nothing she says makes any sense at anytime, who the hell voted for this dizzy twit.
She could do us all a favor and shut her mouth.
commented 2016-01-10 21:28:57 -0500
Just checked the car sales statistics .
B.C. averages 17,000 vehicles a month . There were 1000 Prius’s sold in all of Canada in 2015 . I would almost say May is full of sh*t but from the brown line around her neck , it’s obvious she’s down a litre.
commented 2016-01-10 19:52:53 -0500
Let us consider the checkered past of Gerald Butts.

Long time friend of Justin Trudeau, they first met when attending McGill.

Butts has been a political staffer for Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman.

We was president of WWF-Canada. He left to become political adviser to JT; he was succeeded at WWF-Canada by former-Toronto Mayor, David Millar.

It appears that Butts travels in some questionable circles. We see how fast and high the dirt piles up.
commented 2016-01-10 18:27:15 -0500
The Prius, as Peter Karelse says, has a gasoline-burning internal combustion engine. The only difference is that the engine drives a generator as well as the wheels, to charge batteries that drive electric motors to also spin the wheels. It’s just a more complicated, more expensive, and more politically correct way of burning gasoline. Once you figure in the environmental damage incurred in making and disposing of the many lead-acid batteries in that car (every eight years or so a new set?), it likely does more damage than a plain old Corolla.

The other think that the eco-freaks don’t understand: Electricity for Leafs and other true electric cars has to come from somewhere. It doesn’t just flow freely from a receptacle in the carport. Start populating the roads with electric cars, and you’ll have to have a much larger electricity-generating system than we now have. Solar and wind ain’t gonna do it, either. More dams (flooded valleys), or more coal-fired plants, or more nuclear plants, or more natural gas-fired plants. Whatever. If these plants involve combustion (coal or gas) they will emit more CO2 than the cars they power, simply because of the efficiency losses of generating, transmitting, storing and using of electricity. If it involves more dams and flooded valleys, there goes a bunch of trees and other plants: carbon sinks. If it’s nuclear, it comes with a whole new set of problems, incuding cost. The upshot is that the electric car as a solution is mostly wishful thinking.
commented 2016-01-10 18:10:12 -0500
I agree, there are a lot of Toyotas but most seem to be the Tacoma and Tundra variety.
commented 2016-01-10 17:05:31 -0500
The BS meter was firmly pegged in the red. And Liz about your Prius, it’s a hybrid. Well what’s that you say. Well it has a what, an internal combustion engine as well electric drive. Hence HYBRID. On the highway this thing has a higher fuel consumption than my VW Golf TDI. After 7 years I won’t be looking for a landfill to dispose of the battery. At best her comments are delusional and ill informed, at worst she is an outright liar who will say anything to further her agenda.I always consider the worst.
commented 2016-01-10 16:28:10 -0500
The only ones that believe her are the sub educated that elected her. Although there other people across the country that will swallow her lies, because politicians are able to make some sub educated ones believe bull sh-t is peanut butter.
commented 2016-01-10 16:24:03 -0500
Given May’s tendency for hyperbole and falsehood, why hasn’t anyone followed her around and captured the real Elizabeth May. You know, the alcoholic, chain-smoking Liz May that no one knows about. And I’m sure that a further reveal into her life will reveal that May is, without a doubt, a sociopath, raging narcissist, psycho of the first order. I’m sure her handlers are not that capable of hiding everything. It’s like with Rachel Notley – Linda Duncan, the federal NDP MP for the same riding calls Notley a “long-time neighbour”. Well, that can’t be, because though Duncan does live in the riding, Notley does not. Actually, Notley’s digs are far from her riding, in the south-west part of the city, in a sweet upscale neighbourhood that the majority of her constituents don’t dream of living in. So, where is Notley’s residence in her riding? It’s a revenue property owned by her husband. So much for being one of the people.
commented 2016-01-10 15:55:37 -0500
This is how Elizabeth May operates.. no regard for truth, because if you disagree, you must be against preserving the environment. The prius is no more plentiful here than anywhere else, and she knows it… total BS.
commented 2016-01-10 13:56:03 -0500
Nothing surprises me anymore. Dizzie Lizzie cares nothing about history, facts, figures, turht, or any form of reality. She is simply speaking from the perspective of her airy-fairy pretend environment!
commented 2016-01-10 13:48:15 -0500
Bill Elder, you have hit the nail on the head…… Citiots …… Lmao.
A drive around the outskirts of any major city in Canada will show that the citiots are mass polluters with the garbage that they throw out into ditches and farm fields.
We drove out to stave lake outside of Mission BC, not long ago, and was amazed at the carnage of garbage and burned out vehicles along the roadside.
I guess the citiot councils must charge to much for waste removal and the municipality will not clean the mess up , so it it left up to the individuals to volunteer their time and money to dispose of this garbage. Obviously it is wearing thin because that particular road looked like a war zone. If I where a resident in that area I would be very embarrassed.
commented 2016-01-10 12:50:16 -0500
these are the same kind of morons who want to breath clean air but are gagging and choking on a cigarette while they chain smoke all day.
commented 2016-01-10 12:42:57 -0500
She should stick to what she is good at, Which is ??? if someone has an answer besides eating an apple through a picket fence please fill us all in.
commented 2016-01-10 12:34:03 -0500
Elizabeth May is a kook-burger, pure and simple. It’s like her claims about WiFi, causing everything from cancers to temporary dementia, and this, is just more proof that she intends to spread lies and nothing more. It’s like the instance in the last parliament, when such tried to table a private member’s bill that would have given credence to the claims of 9/11 conspiracy nuts. Call May another nut and move on.
commented 2016-01-10 12:12:29 -0500
I’m not sure May knows anything about B.C. since she parachuted into B.C. to take over the only Green riding after she lost in her own riding back east.