New policy ups limit to $35,000 Canadian.
Amy Smith - Chronicle Herald - April 24, 2007
The Canadian Ministers vehicle choices
include the Toyota Prius as shown (4.1 litres per 100 kilometres), Honda Civic Hybrid (4.5/100), Nissan Altima Hybrid (5.8/100), Mini Cooper (6.5/100), Saturn Vue hybrid (7.9/100) and Jeep Compass (8.3/100).
Nova Scotia cabinet ministers will soon be able to drive greener — and more expensive — vehicles on the taxpayers’ dime.
The Office of Economic Development on Tuesday unveiled a new policy on car leases for members of the executive council when they choose their new wheels.
One option is to lease or purchase a new vehicle that is on the federal government’s list of green cars. The price can’t exceed $35,000 plus taxes and leases will be for three years. The previous price limit was $25,000.
Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt says the cost to taxpayers will be cheaper in the long run because the vehicles won’t need an extended warranty, will require fewer repairs and will save gas. He couldn’t say exactly how much the budget for leased vehicles will change under the new policy.
"The operation of that vehicle is going to be cheaper, a lot cheaper, than a used vehicle," he told reporters Tuesday. "I’m sure taxpayers can understand that."
But New Democrat MLA Graham Steele calls the new policy a joke … [Read More]