Harper hands out more eco bucks
[PoliticsWatch updated 4:55p.m., March 13, 2007]
|Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C.
Premier Gordon Campbell are shown the latest in hydrogen fuel
cell automotive technology.
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on the road Wednesday and made yet another major funding announcement fuelling further allegations from the Liberals that the Conservatives are preparing for a spring election.
Speaking in Vancouver, with B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell at his side, the prime minister announced plans to provide B.C. with $199.3
million as part of the new Canada ecoTrust program. The program is designed to assist provinces for initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
B.C. has said it plans to use the new funding on a number of projects including an interesting initiative to development a "hydrogen
The proposed highway will link Vancouver and Whistler and will include a network of hydrogen fuelling stations for fuel celled buses and vehicles.
The PM said B.C. will "showcase the technology for the world" when Vancouver hosts the Olympics in 2010.
However, he admitted that it may not be realistic to expect widespread use of hydrogen fuel cells today, but the goal is to make the technology more affordable for consumers in the future.
"The only way we're going to make substantial reductions in emissions over time is through the adaptation and commercialization of new technologies," he said. "This is obviously one of the most promising technologies."
Harper was in Vancouver on the same day as Liberal leader Stephane
In a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Dion blasted the prime minister's recent spree of spending announcements, saying
the Conservatives were simply repackaging many of the programs that
they cut and misleading Canadians by re-announcing the programs as new in a cynical strategy aimed at winning an election.
When asked about Dion's comments, the PM again denied that the recent spending announcements were part of any pre-election strategy.
"We don't want our own defeat and we don't want an election," Harper said.
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