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On fuel-efficient cars, where do Canada’s federal parties stand?

By Joanna Kyriazis and Dan Woynillowicz       

In the lead-up to the election, prospective legislators should be clear on whether they want to keep and strengthen current standards, or follow U.S. President Donald Trump in rolling them back.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau examines a charging station for electric vehicles in the West Block. As part of the Canadian government’s commitment to reducing vehicle emissions in tandem with the United States, the Liberals committed to introducing a zero-emission vehicle strategy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When it comes to regulations, there are few things that automakers have wanted more than certainty and harmonization across borders. Flash back to 2012, when prime minister Harper’s government decided to harmonize vehicle emission regulations with president Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, laying out a schedule of improved performance to 2025.

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