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As electric vehicles wobble Canada bets big

Electric vehicles aren’t selling like they used to. So why is Canada investing billions into the industry?
Prime minister speaks at podium with image of factory behind
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility will be built by Northvolt in Quebec. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)

Canada is betting big on electric vehicles. Ahead of COP28, we're asking why the government is pouring billions of dollars into EVs, despite debate about the industry.

Just how critical is the switchover to electric vehicles? What does major investment mean for Canada's ability to hit critical emissions targets. And what happens if we don't make the move to zero-emissions vehicles fast enough? 

Ottawa-based climate reporter for the National Observer John Woodside explains.

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