The Quebec government is this week to impose its own automobile emissions standards. It will thus leap past bankrupt California in the race for the title of the dumbest jurisdiction on the continent.
... the move ... will impose penalties of $5,000 per car on large manufacturers for new vehicles not meeting the required standards. It will also thus inevitably punish Quebec car buyers and auto dealers.
... Premier Jean Charest already embarrassed both himself and Canada by turning up at last month’s Copenhagen fiasco to harass Prime Minister Stephen Harper over climate policy. Mr. Charest thinks Mr. Harper should be doing more to cripple the Canadian economy with pointless environmental gestures.
... Before he was given the heave-ho last year, GM CEO Fritz Henderson suggested that the Volt was a “game-changer.” It is ... only the game is economic Russian roulette, and the Volt changes the game by putting more bullets in the chambers. Quebec meanwhile badly wants to rock down to Electric Avenue, and, in the words of the song, “take it higher.”
Assuming that “it” is unemployment.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Quebec,"the dumbest jurisdiction on the continent"
Peter Foster on the race to wreck the auto industry and the economy: