03/18/2016 16:48 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Liberals want Manitobans to clean up driving habits to fight climate change

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Liberal Party says it will extend rebates to purchasers of low-emission vehicles if it wins next month's election.

Leader Rana Bokhari says the Liberals will also introduce legislation to reducing idling if they form government after the April 19 vote.

Bokhari says hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel-efficient models such as Smart cars would be eligible.

Rebates would be on a sliding scale based on a vehicle's fuel efficiency and would be anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

Bokhari says drivers would apply through Manitoba Public Insurance at the time of vehicle registration.

The Liberals initially would set aside $2 million a year for the payouts, which would be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bokhari says she believes Manitobans want to do their part to fight climate change.

"Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time and we must do all we can to be a part of the solution," she said Friday.

"We will empower Manitobans to make better choices regarding the type of vehicle they drive. We also must curb the unnecessary expulsion of greenhouse gases."

Almost 70 jurisdictions have some form of anti-idling law, including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, Bokhari said.


The Canadian Press