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e-4735 (Natural resources and energy)

Initiated by Ian Smale from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Ethanol blended gasoline is destructive to older vehicles fuel systems;
  • Tens of thousands of classic car owners across Canada are left with no suitable fuel to purchase;
  • This government has not taken any of these issues into consideration before banning ethanol free gas from the pumps;
  • Ethanol absorbs water which leads to water condensation inside fuel tanks, carburetor fuel bowls and fuel lines where air spaces are present;
  • Water content in fuel will also cause swelling inside fuel filters which can restrict fuel flow;
  • Ethanol erodes fibreglass tanks, rubber hoses and plastic fuel lines;
  • It contributes to rust in fuel systems and will also dissolve varnish and rust in steel fuel components, which can then clog the fuel filter;
  • These issues will incur serious repair costs;
  • Classic cars hold a nostalgic place in our hearts and minds, and are enjoyed not only by owners, but also by the public at many summer car shows;
  • Many classic car clubs also engage in a range of charities and other social and community causes and needs; and
  • Collectively, owners spend millions of dollars per year in various communities, businesses and related car show activities.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada who own classic and vintage automobiles, call upon the Government of Canada to once again make ethanol-free gasoline in a high octane grade(s) available at the gas pumps in Canada for collector car owners, plus owners of small gasoline engines and marine engines.
Open for signature
December 19, 2023, at 10:49 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 17, 2024, at 10:49 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Ed Fast
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia