Canada: 35mpg by 2020– or Better!
Most Canadians define themselves primarily as "Not Americans". Think about it. Once you boil away the bizarre obsession with the mediocre offerings at Tim Horton's, the love of all things hockey and the regional slangs, you get generally overweight folks who go to Blockbuster on Friday, Costco or Wal-Mart on Saturday and wherever the game is playing on Sunday. It's fitting that on the heels of the U.S. Congress' recent adoption of the 35 mpg by 2020 legislation, Canadian transport Minister Lawrence Cannon fired off (geddit?) a proposal for new Canadian fuel efficiency standards for… 2020. "Now, we welcome the U.S. goal," he graciously opined (via CTV). "But we are committed to developing a made-in-Canada standard that achieves, at minimum, that target benchmarked against a stringent dominant North American standard." Though Cannon calls it a "Made in Canada" solution, the proposal follows a long-established trend of Canadian pols waiting for America (California?) to do something, and then outright copying it– once America has forced everyone to adapt and the legislation has become moot anyway. To wit, earlier this year, the province of Québec announced it was considering adopting California's emission standards. It's the right thing to do, eh?
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