Why is the Government Wasting Money on Biofuel Boondoggle?

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, the government has misspent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the production of corn ethanol and offering rebates to folks buying E85 vehicles. It claimed that it would be cutting greenhouse gas emissions but now Canadians have learned from a briefing note to the minister herself that her own department does not even believe the spin.

With only 14 E85 stations, most Canadians would need to drive hundreds of kilometres just to fill up. These vehicles are being filled with regular old gasoline. Emissions continue to rise and taxpayers are being taken along for the ride.

Could the minister explain why the government continues to pour billions into a failed idea when its own officials are telling them it does not work?”