Victory in Manitoba election would lead to cleaner fuel: Pallister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

WINNIPEG — Party leader Brian Pallister says a win by the Progressive Conservatives in the Manitoba election on Sept. 10 would lead to cleaner fuel to reduce emissions.

Pallister says he would increase the biodiesel mandate — the minimum percentage of biofuels in diesel — to five per cent from two.

For gasoline, the minimum percentage of ethanol would rise to 10 per cent from 8.5.

The Tories say the requirements would be the highest in Canada and would be the equivalent of taking 75,000 cars off the road.

Pallister says unlike his opponents, he will not impose a carbon tax on Manitobans.

The Tories are also promising to add $50 million to an existing trust fund that helps landowners preserve wetlands and other natural areas on farms.

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