Transit plan carries hefty price estimate
OTTAWA — The Harper government’s plan to boost public transit ridership with tax rebates will cost Canadian taxpayers an average of about $36,000 for every car removed from the road, estimates in a new federal “climate change plan” have revealed.
The plan shows that many existing climate-change measures such as the transit tax credit, regulations to increase biofuels production and the banning of incandescent light bulbs will result in a fraction of the greenhouse gas emission reductions that they were previously estimated to achieve. Meantime, several measures expected in 2008 will be delayed by at least a year, according to the estimates in the new plan.
Opposition politicians described it as the latest in a series of embarrassing revelations about the government’s climate-change plan.