The Canadian government is considering taxing large vehicles such as SUVs, pickups and minivans, and passing the money onto consumers who buy small cars under the new federal budget tabled Feb. 23 by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale. The reference to “feebates” is buried in budget documents pegged for further negotiation with auto makers to meet Canada’s Kyoto protocol commitments aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions. Immediate reaction from the auto industry reportedly was of surprise, ...

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