Times Colonist

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.

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