Feds insist emission standards need to strengthen, as U.S. moves to ease rules


OTTAWA — As President Donald Trump’s administration moves towards easing fuel emission standards for vehicles, the Liberal government says Canada’s standards need to become “stronger” and it will conduct its own assessment after the United States review.

New reports emerged this week indicating Trump is set to introduce new rules for auto emissions.

The current rules were adopted jointly by former prime minister Stephen Harper and former U.S. president Barack Obama in 2014 with the intention to increase fuel efficiency for vehicles sold between 2022 and 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas from cars and light trucks.

Trump is also expected to challenge California on its ability to set regulatory standards.

In Canada, officials in Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office say they’re watching the U.S. developments closely, but they say Canada’s standards need to become “stronger over time, because transportation accounts for nearly a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution.


The Canadian Press