“Build it and they will come,” repeated the solidarity members, presenting their plan to achieve a 55% reduction in GHGs. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois intends to offer an alternative to solo driving through capital investments of $74 billion over 8 years in order to change habits without imposing too many constraints on motorists.
Quebec solidaire unveiled its Vision 2030 plan at the Maison de la culture, Sunday, in Montreal. This is its roadmap to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 55% compared to 1990 by 2030.
For citizens, the climate plan revolves mainly around a vast project on public transport. QS also wants to discourage the use of the automobile, by imposing “penalties” on the purchase of gasoline vehicles, representing an average of 15% of the purchase price between 2023 and 2030.
However, several exemptions would be possible, for families with more than two children, as well as for all “F-plated” vehicles for work.
QS would also advance the ban on the sale of gasoline vehicles to 2030, against 2035 currently. In addition, could no longer drive on the roads of Quebec as of 2040.
In return, QS promises to balance investments in public transport and the road network, to create an interurban transport network and intermunicipal authorities for public transport.
A united government would thus create two new companies: Québec rail and Québec bus.
The title of public transport tickets would also be reduced by 50%.
The creation of new highways would also be limited to road safety reasons or to open up communities. In other words, the party would go ahead with the extension of Autoroute 20 in the East and Autoroute 50. But the extension of Autoroute 25 and the 3rd link between Quebec and Lévis would fall by the wayside.
Tighten the screw to big emitters
Opposite strategy for large emitters, a united government would impose significant constraints on them.
The caps of the carbon exchange’s cap and trade system would be lowered. Companies should also reduce their emissions locally by 70% by 2030, rather than relying on carbon credits purchased in California.
Quotas would also be imposed on these major polluters. Any overrun would incur a tax of $100 per ton, then gradually to $205 per ton by 2030.
For affected workers, a requalification fund of $50 million is planned to either acquire the new skills necessary for the transition or a new job. “No one is going to lose their job in Quebec because of the ecological transition,” assures Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
Figured plan, but not very detailed
All week, the spokesperson for Québec solidaire has promised a quantified GHG reduction plan. The document unveiled on Sunday presents the number of megatons saved for three main categories of impact, namely technical and economic potential (main measures that would lead to a 41.5% reduction in GHGs), nature-based solutions (such as protected) and “dynamic effects”.
This last category (which accounts for 7.7 megatons out of a total of 47.6) was not accounted for by the expert firm that validated the QS model. Rather, it is the party’s assessment of the impact of its plan.
However, the Québec solidaire plan does not detail the impact of each of the proposed measures. The team explains that the firm’s model used to validate the plan does not allow for such a level of detail.
Eight independent experts validated the QS plan.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois assures that the plan unveiled on Sunday will become “a turning point” in his campaign and promises to place all the issues of the campaign under the umbrella of climate issues.
More details will follow.