PETITION FOR A QUEBEC’S ZERO EMISSION LAW
Update: The closing date is changed to May 3rd 2014 due to provincial election.
A petition has been launched to implement a ZERO EMISSION LAW in the province of Quebec in Canada.
In order to meet health based air quality standards and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, the state of California adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program. Such a law forces the automakers to offer a minimum quantity of electric vehicles. Seven other states adopted the same type of program.
No such laws are in place anywhere in Canada. Automakers are selling very small quantities of EV in Canada. The Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e and Toyota RAV4 EV are not for sale anywhere in Canada. The automakers are NOT TRYING TO SELL electric vehicles. There is no publicity on television, radio or newspapers. There are no EV available either in dealerships’ parking lots.
By May 3rd 2014, over 50 000 signatures are required for the petition to be accepted by the government. Failing to obtain this goal will send the opposite message.
The signature from any citizen around the world is allowed and accepted.
P.S. A paper version is also available here. Any help from all around Canada, and any other countries is welcome and needed !!!! If you opt to ask for the paper version, please let us know at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the official petition : https://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-4589/index.html
As the petition is written in french, here is the official english version :
WHEREAS the scientific consensus demonstrates the harmful health effects of air pollution caused by fossil fuels;
WHEREAS road transport (cars, trucks and buses ) is responsible for 80% of emissions in the transport sector and 31% of total greenhouse gas emissions ( GHG ) in Quebec ;
WHEREAS Quebec has a trade deficit in energy transport material and is not assured of a secure economically stable fuel supply ;
WHEREAS Quebec has specific targets for GHG reductions of 20% below the 1990 emissions by 2020;
WHEREAS the electrification of public or individual transport is essential to reduce GHG emissions from Quebec ;
WHEREAS the supply of electric vehicles must be present to achieve the level of electrification of transportation with 12,500 electric vehicles in 2017 ;
WHEREAS Quebec has underutilized electric infrastructure ;
WHEREAS, significant investments have been made to the electrification of transportation ;
WHEREAS the supply of electric vehicles is present mainly in jurisdictions that require it ;
CONSIDERING THAT a law would develop expertise in electric transport, would achieve our objectives and would allow our electromobility industry to shine;
We, the undersigned, call on the Government of Quebec to implement a Zero Emission law with penalties on manufacturers who fail to provide an adequate share of electric vehicles for Quebecers to achieve all of the above .