Trudeau in Victoria today, set to announce cash for electric buses

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Victoria this afternoon to announce new electric buses for the capital region.

Trudeau will appear with B.C. Premier John Horgan at B.C. Transit offices on Gorge Road East in Victoria.

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The prime minister is expected to announce that the federal government will contribute millions of dollars toward the purchase of new low-emission buses for Greater Victoria, a small number of which will be electric.

Greater Victoria’s public transit fleet has about 300 buses. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission has been running one electric bus since July 23, 2018. That bus is being tested for its capabilities for distance, climbing hills and recharging.

The transit commission has championed the idea of being the first community in B.C. to pilot an electric bus fleet.

In the past, it has signalled to the province that it is keen to move to a zero-emission fleet. It needs to replace some of its fleet and add buses for expanded service.

Trudeau is also expected to announce other transportation infrastructure for the rest of the province.

Later today, Trudeau will join supporters for an “armchair discussion” at a Liberal fundraising event at Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, 100 Harbour Rd. Tickets are $100 to $300.

“This event is an exciting opportunity to hear from Justin Trudeau as we count down to the campaign — and to show your support as we prepare to elect even more Liberal MPs from British Columbia in this year’s important election campaign,” says the event notice.

The federal election is scheduled for Oct. 21.

An environmental group called Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island plans to gather outside the hotel for an anti-oil-pipeline protest.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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