Your taxpayer dollars have been used to pay for road improvements, social services and hospitals, but did you know money was also being used to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles?
That’s the claim from The Canadian Taxpayers Federation. It says in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request, it’s uncovered some staggering figures, which are sure to stir up some anger amoungst Ontarians.
It says over the last six years, the province has spent nearly $40 million in taxpayer money on electric vehicles. Of those subsidies, just over $14 million was for vehicles with a MSRP of over $70, 000. Nearly $900, 000 was used to subsidize vehicles retailing for over $100, 000.
The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program was recently amended by the government; vehicles selling for over $150, 000 would no longer qualify for a taxpayer subsidy. But vehicles priced in the $75, 000 – $150, 000 range would still be eligible for $3, 000 in taxpayer money.
The vehicles purchased include the Porsche 918 Spyder, BMW i8, Tesla Model S, and the Toyota Prius PHV.
“In no universe does it make sense to have regular hard working Canadian families subsidizing the luxury vehicles of millionaires. Premier Wynne needs to scrap this program. If you can afford a $100,000 car, you don’t need a subsidy from people who earn less than that in a year. Our roads in Ontario are falling apart, and the Ontario government has brought in a new 4.3 cent per litre carbon tax on gas. But instead of fixing our highways or easing pain at the pumps, the government is spending tens of millions of dollars helping the richest Ontarians buy fancy cars. None of this makes any sense, and this program needs to end before even more money is wasted.” – Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director.