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The Alternative Fuels Act Timeline

1995

April 6 Bill S-7 passes the Senate
June 19 Bill S-7 passes the Commons
June 22 Bill S-7 given Royal Assent to become the Alternative Fuels Act (AFA)

1996

March - June Senate Energy Committee holds hearings on the implementation rate of the AFA. Witnesses include the London, Ontario Police Department, Niagara Regional Police, the RCMP and the Treasury Board.
July Draft Treasury Board regulations developed
August Customized opinion-editorial article on the implementation status of the AFA. This article, with the general title of "Saving the environment and taxpayers money," was published in 11 major newspapers across Canada, including the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette and the Charlottetown Guardian.
October 16 Official Treasury Board Regulations announced in the Canada Gazette (Part II, Volume 130, No. 21)
October 19 Mohawk Gas Station Event: Alternative Fuels Gas Station opening in Vancouver, British Columbia. Senator Kenny attends and speaks briefly on its importance to the lower mainland and the AFA.
December 2 Green Fleets Forum in Toronto at Metro Hall. Event is hosted by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. Senator Kenny chairs the morning panelists.

1997

April 1 First hurdle of the AFA: From now on, 50% of all vehicles shall be powered by engines that are capable of operating on alternative fuels. Actual implementation rate lower than target.
April 24 Questions placed on the Order Paper to all government departments and crown corporations requesting updated implementation status. Questions fall off table once writ is dropped for 1997 summer election.
April 28 Alternate Fuels Forum in Toronto hosted by the RCMP and Department of National Defence. Senator Kenny invited as a participant and key speaker.
July 9 Opening of the first public refueling natural gas station in Victoria, British Columbia. Senator Kenny attends, makes a short presentation and cuts ribbon.
August Customized AFA opinion-editorial article sent out "Alternative Fuels: The Politicians have listened -- Now we need to get the bureaucrats off their backsides"
September Questions placed on the Order Paper again with the opening of Parliament.

1998

April 1 Second Hurdle: 60% of all vehicles shall be powered by engines that are capable of operating on alternative fuels.
October President of the Treasury Board reports for April 1997 hurdle

1999

April 1 Third Hurdle: 75% of vehicles shall be powered by engines that are capable of operating on alternative fuels.
October President of the Treasury Board reports for April 1998 hurdle

2004

April 1 Where it is cost-effective and operationally feasible, 75% of federal government and crown corporation vehicles must operate on alternative fuels.