February 01, 2019

Trudeau Liberals waste $4M on electric cars and charging stations in Ottawa area

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

Talk is cheap, unless you’re the government. How much do you think virtue signaling could cost taxpayers? Well, when it comes to electric vehicles, if you aren’t thinking in the seven-figure range you aren’t thinking big enough.

In a report given to The Rebel, we can see a breakdown of every electric vehicle and charging station that was purchased or installed by the federal in the Ottawa area. We have a breakdown of every government department, and I think that the results are going to surprise you.

I didn’t believe it when I saw the numbers, but the government of Canada could have bought the same number of Maseratis for cheaper than their entire fleet of electric vehicles.

Stacking up all of the government portfolios, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (headed by Navdeep Bains) is on top in terms of electric car ownership. It has seven on its own.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s Ministry only has two. Frankly, I don’t think McKenna is taking the urgent threat of global warming seriously. Doesn’t she know the world going to end in like twelve years if we are all not driving Prius’?

A total of forty-one cars (not including the emissions testers) lands the government a cool bill of $1.23 million. I get it though, the government needs cars, and cars are expensive.

Where this gets unreasonable is the charging stations.

The Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada took the hit for almost all of the other departments, and the bill to install their network of plug-ins around Ottawa (for forty-one cars) rings in at $2.8 million!

What is so peculiar about the cost of the stations is the huge variation in the price of a plug-in. On November 30, 2017, they installed 10 stations for $100,000 but on January 23 they spent $230,000 on only two chargers.

Who is making these deals? What a terrible deal for taxpayers!

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commented 2019-02-01 16:49:34 -0500
Andrew Stephenson what loads? They are not exactly highly used.
commented 2019-02-01 16:48:55 -0500
No expense is too great for Liberals to pat themselves on the back.
commented 2019-02-01 16:33:09 -0500
My guess is the cost variation reflects whether the local electrical infrastructure could be directly tied into, or needed to be upgraded to support the loads.