When do you think you would make an estimate? If this amendment to the budget passes, how soon would the Department of Finance be able to calculate the expected cost of the tax credit?
This is a significant change. This is going from zero-emission vehicles, which I thought were Teslas or Tesla-type vehicles and Chevrolet Volts, and moving to plug-in hybrids. To Mr. Dusseault's point, I think that defeats the title. The title is then completely irrelevant here. This is also a way of getting around the ministerial warrant required for changes to tax credits in amounts, which was amendment NDP-1. You're going after the criteria here. This, to me, defeats the purpose of the title and the original intent of the government by changing it to plug-in hybrids. I want to know what the cost would be and how soon you would have an estimate.
I think it's a pretty significant change. Plug-in hybrids have been around for quite a few years now. This would encompass quite a lot of fleets of taxi vehicles especially. Nearly the entire taxi fleet in Calgary is plug-in hybrid at this point. I think it's nearly all of it, at least for associated cabs.
Do you have an estimate or a ballpark number you could maybe provide? If you don't, how soon could you provide it to the committee?