April 27, 2016

SHOCKING cost of Wynne’s electric car rebates: Why are taxpayers subsidizing millionaires?

Brian LilleyArchive

In a stunning but entirely predictable story, the Ontario government provided rebates of $5,000 dollars per vehicle to people that purchased the Porsche Spyder hybrid ($1.1 million price tag) or the BMW i8 ($362,000) or a Fiskar Karma ($212,000). 

But don't worry says Kathleen Wynne, the Liberals have changed the program now capping it at cars valued under $150K. Buy an electric car worth up to $75K and you’ll get $14,000 from the government, but between $75K and $150K you'll only get a $3,000 rebate.

But why any rebate at all? My current car cost a few thousand and is good on gas. Where’s my rebate? I won't be getting one of course because I didn’t buy a fancy electric car.

The Canadian Taxpayer's Federation did a freedom of information request that found:

"Ontario has spent over $39 million in taxpayer money on subsidies for electric vehicles over the past six years. Of those subsidies, $14,243,710.50 were for vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price over $70,000. And $867,679 in taxpayer money went to subsidize cars that retail at over $100,000."

CTF Ontario director Christine Van Geyn is calling for the program to be scrapped noting hard working Canadian families shouldn’t be subsidizing luxury vehicles for millionaires.

Wynne will point to her changes and claim this is about helping ordinary families buy new cars but I disagree. They’ll look at value for money and choose against an electric car.

Then there’s the issue of charging stations. Gas stations are private interests trying to make money, but the Ontario, Quebec and federal governments want to expand electric vehicle charging stations across the country using taxpayer subsidies.

Quebec is considering making it mandatory for new homes to come with an electric vehicle charging station, which will drive up the cost of new homes for everyone just so a select group that can afford electric cars, can feel good about themselves.

One day the market for electric cars and value for money may be there but it isn’t yet and these subsidies distort the market by rewarding the choices of people that already have the money to spend on toys.

It's time to stop the insanity.

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commented 2016-04-29 20:36:49 -0400
I like how you end with " don’t you think?" Obviously not if you’re referring to the liberals.
commented 2016-04-27 14:54:02 -0400
$39 million dollars up in smoke is just a footnote to the legacy of waste and social engineering of this useless McGuinty-Wynne government. The fact that this rebate goes to only liberal elites is a more troublesome problem. This pattern of corruption will only stop when everyday Ontarians take their eyes off their phones and look around at reality. In other words, no time soon.
commented 2016-04-27 13:09:01 -0400
The insane left is robbing the public blind . . . but many Canadians are just so dopy they even think Justin is smart.
Evidently the Feds are looking at “Investing” Canada Pension Funds in Govt projects . . . seems they have found a New Source of loot ! The under 45s are going to get a surprise when they get to 65, the fund will be broke !
Politicians are the reason Trump is doing so well in the USA . . where is Canada’s Trump?
commented 2016-04-27 12:33:49 -0400
Peter Netterville..any million plus car is cool!
commented 2016-04-27 12:05:57 -0400
And all the while Wynne and her band of thieve pull the funding on kids under 5yrs old who suffer from autism to cover cost of IBI treatments. She says that its been replaced with a bulk $8000.00 payout which will buy about 3 hours of care. Sad state of affairs.
commented 2016-04-27 11:59:14 -0400
“Why are taxpayers subsidizing millionaires? "

Because that is what Kleptocracies do – we have had a kleprocracy since the income tax act.

You know why this happens and you bitch about it every pay check – you know what to do, and until you do it this is just so much bitch moaning.
commented 2016-04-27 11:39:41 -0400
As Anthony Fury pointed out in the Sun News chain, this story shows the total disconnect between the political class and the electorate.

It also shows that the last concern about the political class is the welfare of the citizens, except those with deep pockets. Yet the electorate continues to believe the lying words and not the truthful actions of the politicos; and elect them in.
commented 2016-04-27 11:32:49 -0400
Deborah it seems like the majority of the sheep live east of Manitoba and we here in the west are hog tied and can not stop or change anything, i have personally been emailing politicians about how i disagree with them ,i am ignored and never get answers, we in the west are screwed as trudumb does not need a single vote from here as long as he keeps Ontario and Quebec feeding at the trough, we need to separate but we will need to build a wall around Vancouver as they have wackos like gregor moonbeam more worried about bike lanes and green technology instead of looking after the cities infrastructure like garbage pick up ,road repairs,livability,he’s removing roads for christ sakes ,he and may and suzuki are total wackos
commented 2016-04-27 11:24:51 -0400
Wow! That is one cool looking car!
commented 2016-04-27 11:21:04 -0400
This is what happens when you feed the sheep lies, and deceive them with their own money. There’s a special place in hell for those like Wynnie, who have lied and danced their way to the top, on the backs of the people who pay for their keep. The sad part is how many think the government gives a damn about what happens to them personally. All liberal and NDP voters seem to think the government will baby them from cradle to grave. They just don’t tell you that the cost for paying them to fool you, is the loss of your freedoms, and way of life. Your standard of living is not important to those who walk on the backs of others for their own gain.
commented 2016-04-27 11:18:37 -0400
It is no coincidence that the only people in Ontario who can afford one of these electric cars are the same people either working in the liberal government or lining up at their trough. Then there is the issue of our already pushed to the limit electric grid being forced to feed these cars of the elites. Just who is going to suffer the ‘brown-outs’ so that our dear leaders can drive through the darkened streets secure in the knowledge of their own superiority over the masses?
commented 2016-04-27 11:14:06 -0400
Clearly another case of government malfeasance and misappropriation of funds, which are crimes against the taxpayer which demand lengthy jail terms for those committing them.
commented 2016-04-27 11:03:21 -0400
Typical Liberals.. Help friends at all cost. Even if it makes us look bad. Why do people vote for these losers. Oh I know why! I was in the doctors office this morning and there were two people,(I won’t say gender) and they were actually saying the liberals and the Alberta NDPigs were doing a good job. I had to actually say something. I spoke of the beheading of the Canadian, I spoke about the Moody Alberta rating drop, I spoke about the oil pipeline meeting with the Liberals and NDPigs in Alberta. They looked at me and said nothing I said was true. So I opened up my Rebel on my phone and showed them the three stories I talked about. One of them said this isn’t true and the other one said! I will have to look this up and do more reading.

This just proved to me, the people that vote for the left don’t have one frig clue about what is going on in the world.

I have to say, I actually feel sorry for these types of people. How could anyone go through life without knowing what is going on around them. I am very saddened for the left and the lack of knowledge they have.

This is from a very proud Canadian, I am sorry left thinking people, and please start asking questions.
commented 2016-04-27 10:50:37 -0400
Here’s why Brian.

Ontario electricity is the highest in north America and demand is fading fast as manufacturers leave Ontario for Michigan (a right to work state), Ohio and other rust belt states.

No amount of Wynne kickback to the GMs and Fords will save these jobs – GM is ready to close in Oshawa and move head office to Ingersoll. Oshawa should have closed in 2006, but McGuinty bribed GM executive to stay.

So Wynne needs suckers to buy electricity – go to the taxpayers – rebates for electric cars – and then electric car owners pay through their asses for electricity.

This is why Wynne had to raise taxes on gasoline (green fees – the same old lie) – to offset the difference between electricity cost per mile versus gasoline cost per mile.

Electric cars will fail in Ontario. Electric car owners will figure it out – these are the high net worth – they didn’t get this way by being stupid.

The future is diesel cars and natural gas cars (that you can fill up at home) and Wynne is trying to stop this natural move to cheaper transportation.