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Why Steven Guilbeault’s roadway remarks sparked a car-crazy culture war – National Observer

February 20th 2024

Last week, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault fired a sort of shot heard around the country when he told a transportation conference that Canada will no longer invest in road megaprojects.

He went on to say electric vehicles are not a silver bullet for climate change and the government will focus its investments in “active and public transit” to “achieve our goals of economic, social and human development,” according to reporting by the Montreal Gazette that started the furor.

Guilbeault’s remarks ignited a countrywide frenzy among premiers and media commentators angry over a perceived threat to the dominance of cars in Canadian society.

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