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Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018.

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EV manufacturing deal must be complemented by rebates, clean energy investments

April 25, 2024

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to news that Honda will expand its Alliston, ON plant to include an electric vehicle assembly plant and a standalone EV battery plant.

“If this government is serious about Ontario’s electric vehicle future, it will come to the table with measures to make EVs more affordable and invest in cleaner, cheaper renewables to power the electrification of our province.

Greens welcome the growth of Ontario’s electric vehicle manufacturing industry.

But any investment this government makes in growing our EV sector needs to be complimented by policies that make it possible for ordinary Ontarians to actually buy and use EVs.

Yet one of the first things the Ford government did upon taking office was cancel the rebates that made EVs more affordable for the people of this province. Earlier this month, it missed an opportunity to update the building code to ensure that new home builds had EV charging capacity.

Still to this day, it’s threatening Ontario’s clean grid competitive advantage by ramping up expensive, dirty fossil gas plants.

Without a serious commitment to Ontario’s clean energy future, the Premier is putting the future of these investments at risk.”