Internal e-mails show the PMO arranged a flurry of meetings between Tesla executives and managers in the Department of Industry.
The California carmaker was the largest beneficiary of $5,000 federal rebates for electric car buyers.
“It has become a cash cow, not a fee for service,” said Senator Terry Mercer.
“This funding will ensure the operator’s revenue losses due to Covid are not transferred to bridge users through toll increases.”
The minister’s husband, John Knowlton, is senior managing director and business manager with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, a pension fund investor.
A government employee involved wrote in a document obtained by an Access to Information request, "This is getting weird again."
Electric cars subsidies costing Canadian taxpayers more than $600 for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions saved.