B.C. Fuel Efficiency Campaign Ponders Taxes, Tolls to Aid Environment

BC Financial Minister releases government document examining taxes on large gas-guzzling vehicles and road tolls on major thoroughfares as ways to cut harmful vehicle emissions in British Columbia.

Published: 23-Nov-2000

ORIA (CP) - Finance Minister Paul Ramsey sounded like a seasoned car salesman Thursday as he provided an enthusiastic bumper-to-bumper inspection of a new fuel-efficient vehicle.

He took a compact-sized electric- and fuel-powered car for a test drive around the B.C. legislative buildings and said the clean-air, gas- saving vehicle runs like a charm.

Ramsey continued his sales pitch inside the legislature where he released a government document examining taxes on large gas-guzzling vehicles and road tolls on major thoroughfares as ways to cut harmful vehicle emissions in British Columbia.

``We can no longer stick our head in the sand and pretend that global warming is not an issue for every one of us who lives in this province,'' he said.

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