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B.C. Liberals say EVs to get $50 million boost in throne speech

New money earmarked for create more than 4,300 charging stations across the province, provided B.C. Liberals don't fail confidence vote in June.

June 20, 2017   The Canadian Press

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s Liberals are promising a $50-million jolt to charge up more electric vehicles across the province.

Environment Minister Jordan Sturdy says the Liberals are not letting their minority government status serve as a roadblock to ongoing plans to build up infrastructure to support electric vehicles.

He says Thursday’s throne speech includes a plan to spend $50 million over five years to add more than 4,300 charging stations for electric vehicles.

Sturdy’s plans are the latest in a series of announcements in advance of the throne speech, including promises to raise monthly welfare rates by $100 and ban corporate and union donations to political parties.

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He says he knows the Liberals face a confidence vote in the legislature that could see their defeat, but the electric vehicle initiative is part of the government’s plan to put more zero-emission vehicles on the road.

Last month’s election saw the Liberals win 43 seats, one seat short of a majority, and the New Democrats and Greens have an agreement to defeat the Liberals in a confidence vote later this month.

© 2017 The Canadian Press


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