Opposition criticial of ministerial vehicle emissions

Ryan Ross
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Opposition Houser Leader Steven Myers

Ministerial vehicle purchases have been going against guidelines when it comes to efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, says opposition house leader Steven Myers.

Myers raised the issue in the legislature Friday where he questioned the government on why its ministers were allowed to buy vehicles that weren't within the guidelines set out in the strategy to reduce the impact of global warming.

"Certainly this government likes to talk about how environmentally sensitive they are until it comes time to walk the walk and you're not walking the walk or driving the drive, as it were," Myers said.

Cabinet ministers, the house speaker and the opposition leader are allowed a government-owned vehicle or an allowance to drive their own.

Only Premier Robert Ghiz drives his own vehicle.

In response to Myers's questions, Transportation Minster Robert Vessey repeatedly said all of the cabinet ministers followed the governent's guidleines when it comes to buying ministerial vehicles.

"They've all been followed and if the honourable member (Myers) has something that says otherwise will he please table it," Vessey said.

The report suggested ministerial vehicles be restricted to hybrids, alternative fuel vehicles or four-cylinder conventionally fueled vehicles that emit less than 4,300 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year.

Agriculture Minister George Webster's 20111 Honda Ridgeline model is the least fuel-efficient and produces the most greenhouse gas emissions of all the ministerial vehicles, pumping out 5,566 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year, according to its specifications.

In total, six of the vehicle models exceed 4,300 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year.

Opposition Leader Olive Crane's 2008 Toyota Corolla is at the bottom of the list, followed by Tourism Minister Robert Henderson and Vessey who each drive a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox.

Myers said the government is acting as if they are on the game show The Price is Right when it comes to ministerial vehicles.

"Behind this curtain is a brand new car and the whole works of you over there with a brand new car," he said.




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  • hildy
    December 09, 2012 - 17:44


    December 09, 2012 - 10:21

    All Politicians should use their own cars and get mileage when work related issues come up, that way they paid for their own Inspections and repairs, why in hell should the taxpayers foot these expenses. With all the wasted time on such issues and fillbustering with reading books about ships or whatever, all Opposition members should have hammered home the PNP issue and demanded an update from the RCMP and if this failed demand a Public Inquiry, would have been nice to see the Lberals squirm a bit more on an issue they are all hiding and hoping it goes away. Expose of Lawyers and accountants wold have been more meaningful than Ministers vehicles, which they baught and could not give a rats ass who likes it, sickening bunch.

  • Good for the Liberals for knowing their values
    December 09, 2012 - 07:53

    As Islanders welcome the HST on April 1st, Islanders also loose the rebate on hybrid cars as well as many tax incentives for fuel efficiency. Tack on increased electricity costs and the enabling of fossil fuels and it's pretty easy to see the direction the Liberal government wants to travel. The Green Province?

  • Henry Sow
    December 09, 2012 - 07:37

    Negative comments about the Ghiz government don't seem to matter to Islanders. I still can't believe the Liberals gained by one percent plus in popularity in the last poll, or was that a matter of false reporting by the Guardian. This government has to be removed next time around.

  • concerned citizen
    December 09, 2012 - 02:07

    as a FORMAL liberal i am completly disgusted with the mla's that bought these vehicles. Who do they think they are, spending our tax money onthis. Why in blazes are they even provided with vehicles, let alone the most expensive ones they could find? The rest of us all have to pay for our own vehicles. This is the last in a very long list of reasons why I will never vote for them again. They are so out of touch with their constituints and the current economy that its just like a bunch of spoiled kids are running our province. I hope everyone remembers this as the nexy election, even if Ghiz trys to fool everyone again by doling out money and favors like in the months leading the last one. I know I wont' forget . As for Olive Crane we probably just lost the most honest and sincere politician that PEI has had for a very long time. I guess the money boys in the back room may have been confused with someone who actually believes in, and backs up what she says

    • Piet Hein
      December 09, 2012 - 12:09

      Concerned Citizen, as a FORMAL Liberal do you wear a tuxedo all the time or just when you are ranting about the Liberals?

    December 08, 2012 - 17:28

    Agriculture Minister George Webster's 20111 Honda Ridgeline model is the least fuel-efficient and produces the most greenhouse gas emissions of all the ministerial vehicles, pumping out 5,566 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year, according to its specifications....George Webster probably emits this much gas alone.

    • Lots of words, but no evidence . . .
      December 09, 2012 - 11:21

      Not that it helps Webster's emissions - flatulence or otherwise - but the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pilot are also known for blowing their catalytic converters (Google it). At $1500 a pop, few people fix them here (no emissions testing on PEI) and poof, more carcinogens for our children to breathe, higher health costs, a less appealing place to visit! Too bad the Liberals are going to stop the tax rebate for hybrid cars - not that there's any evidence that they care for the environment anyway. Lots of words, but no evidence . . .

  • Joe Blow
    December 08, 2012 - 15:35

    I don't understand why members of this government cannot drive their own cars to and from the province house and simple have a travel allowance to pay for gas and maintenance. There is no need to give them government vehicles out of our pockets. If they don't want to drive their own cars...then I suggest they all car pool. If Islanders have to do such things as a way of being easier on the environment and saving money on gas and vehicle maintenance....then why shouldn't the government lead by example?? The double standard that Ghiz's government has created is simply disgusting!! If only they had as many brains as they do arrogance....this Ghiz government might be of some use....but with the amount of arrogance these morons have....nothing good can come from their reign of power...except of course their personal bank accounts will get much much fatter on the backs of Island tax payers!

    • WEll
      December 09, 2012 - 10:43

      when it comes to what average isladers do, the last I heard they spend $1.43 for every $1 they make and then whine about other people not being fiscally responsible.

  • john dibley
    December 08, 2012 - 13:37

    Should get that windshield fixed Steve...

    December 08, 2012 - 12:47

    You people are unbelievable. These con experts have you unset about cars while millions are being thrown out to party backers. Wake up the people of Canada are laughing at you.

    • huh
      December 08, 2012 - 18:56

      I am far more concerned about what;s happening in our own back yard than whether or not the people of Canada are laughing. I suspect the people of Canada aren't too interested with what's going on here anyway, with the Rob Fords of the world, F16 purchases, and other silliness.

  • Bill
    December 08, 2012 - 12:22

    Under no condition should any of them get cars, how many Islanders get company cars for work? I would suspect that there wouldn't be many.

  • don
    December 08, 2012 - 11:30

    do you think they really care what islanders think? and about clean air if they did they would NOT have cut all the trees down for plan B. so if any one out there cares about clean air let your liberal member know you are hissed off.

  • Taxpaying Single Mom
    December 08, 2012 - 09:29

    I'm a single mom who rents an apartment with electric heat-I have to keep it set very low as my paycheck (yes I work and am not on social assistance) will not allow me to keep myself and five year old warm. There is something seriously wrong with our elected Leaders here in PEI-there are many going hungry and cold in your own back yards and you purchase cars like this-for all of you on here bashing Mr Myers I would like to thank him for keeping this government on the edge of their seats-please keep the fire to them Mr Myers.

  • Tom Paine
    December 08, 2012 - 08:18

    why the heck do our ministers even get cars? Puleeze! I keep hearing how we're a small Island and that's why taxes are so high. No, our taxes are high because we have too much crony-ism and people use politics to get rich. Car allowance for official business should be just like the rest of us. (And to the criticism of Olive Crane for staying on as leader to keep her car, the article says it's a 2008 Toyota Corolla. Not what I'd call a plush ride.)

  • john h bernard
    December 08, 2012 - 07:54

    I know for a fact and have saw webster driving his goivernment vehicle in his fields and i thought he was suppose to have nothing to do with the farm, nice to see my money paying for his vehicle and my money paying for him to check his fields

  • peter
    December 08, 2012 - 07:51

    This Government is totally unaware of policies, programs, rules and regulations, ---- much less adherence to them, -nothing excists in their world, - except as it applies to themselves and their supporters. How could we- have elected such a collective failure. Seeing the picture of the closing of the house, sure made the image of clapping seals come to mind, --- throw them a herring ------------ not a raise

  • strap
    December 08, 2012 - 07:42

    You petty little jalous people, get off Crane's back.

  • JRCK
    December 08, 2012 - 07:25

    The worst emissions come from Mr. Myers very bloated head.The Cons have a very unappealing attack dog who is not going to further their cause.

  • JohnW.A.Curtis
    December 08, 2012 - 06:42

    None of the 27 MLAs are legally elected and none of the 27 MLAs are entitled to vehicles or claim gas milage or any perks. The Liberals changed the Election Act to suppress Independents from running in the last election.

  • paul
    December 08, 2012 - 06:28

    facts are facts ,you can't hide behind the truth , only the lies that come out of someone with a red coat on.

  • Why Point
    December 08, 2012 - 06:11

    Steven , why point out these things to islanders that think the sun rises & sets on this goverment . Can't you realize that the people of PEI will give every thing they own to these fine mangers of our tax money to keep them happy . As shown in the house , they don't have to answser to anyone for anything they know is for the betterment of us stupid Islanders . To bad we know nothing , but that is a fact here on PEI .

  • don
    December 08, 2012 - 04:41

    do you really think they care what you think ? they got as some are known as pei dummies for voting them in the second time after all they done to islanders in the 1st term. now they get there life time pension.and they are going to leave with bigger pockets then they started with. so liberal voters we must thank them for screwing us.and as for crane she was forced out as leader of the PC just as i think pat mella was by the good ole boys in the back room. due to them both wanting to do thing right for islanders. and as far as lee getting in and taking dizzy's place if he was the only one running i would vote for the other guy.

  • Greeneyed Monster
    December 07, 2012 - 23:49

    LOL thats the funniest thing I've heard today . Petro Gel HAHAHA even Mr. Myers is laughing at that one . Give me twenty more like him!!! He's the only MLA on PEI that gives a $#i+ about flesh and blood, and, drives his own car!

  • SG
    December 07, 2012 - 22:47

    Olive Crane and Carolyn Bertram are driving the too oldest and least expensive cars according to the report that was in the Media. Actually Steven Myers made me Smile which hasn't happened for a Very Long time given the Island News lately. I thought the reference to the Price is Right Show was quite clever and humourous.

  • Fact Finder
    December 07, 2012 - 21:47

    I noticed that our Minister Of Innovation, Allen Roach is listed as driving a 28000.$ Jeep Grand Cherokee. The actual cost for such a gas guzzler is 46000.$ That beat up old truck that he campaigned with quickly disappeared after the election. Man of the people, BS, man out for himself and his immediate backers YES. You fooled me once, shame on you.

  • Tory
    December 07, 2012 - 21:30

    Myers, you can't talk about this while Olive just resigned-but-didn't in order to keep her government car and huge salary. Until Olive gives up those perks, none of us are going to listen to a single thing this fraudulent opposition says.

    • Garth Staples
      December 08, 2012 - 05:40

      As usual when Grits get stung they try to change the subject.

  • Rights strain
    December 07, 2012 - 21:26

    Right on Mr. Myers. Now will you please tell us how emissive your ride is? And then please explain how many litres of petro gel your hair consumes per day? Sheesh. Please get over yourself.

    • Cardigan Resident
      December 08, 2012 - 04:49

      Mr Myers drives a 2002 honda civic-4 door with a standard transmission which would give him 40 miles per gallon....it also has a dented in fender and a cracked windshield-now thats an ordinary Islanders car right there.....to "rights strain"-get over yourself!