As of a month ago, Dueck (downtown) was still standing pretty firm. "No discount whatsoever on Bolt and Volt." I was not able to negotiate more than a few hundred bucks off. There was no Californian-style price cuts. Then they started shuffling - e.g. when I asked for the doc fee to be waived they sold me a $300 set of carpets, and when I was offered an actual discount they tacked half of the doc fee back on, etc. There was also a lack of transparency - e.g. information they held back not letting me know about the Scrap-It program. When I pointed out there were inventory everywhere, not just them, but every other dealer in the region, so the Bolt's price could have been negotiated like any regular GM, they claimed that the turnover was quick and much of the inventory has already been sold...
I buy a new car only a couple of times per decade but they had perfected their art every day for decades. Knowing I couldn't possibly have won their game, I walked out and bought elsewhere (Carter GM in Burnaby). I was not expecting a Californian-style discount, nor did I get it. But I did buy from a dealership and a salesperson that was open and transparent. Trust is worth more than price.
Dueck probably couldn't have cared about losing me as their customer less. They advertised heavily and they will always be able to find customers who do not notice or care about the shuffling. (Winning in one area only to overspend in another.)
I suspect that we could all thank Doug Ford for the inventory. If this forms a trend, the price of Bolt could fall precipitously in the future. If you could wait for 1-2 more years, competitors will be abundant (Kona EV, new Soul EV, etc.), the ex-lease Californian vehicles from 2017 will be auctioned cheaply and some will find its way to Canada, and there are doing to be more significant price drops. I just decided that, as with any technology, you can wait and wait and wait, or you can enjoy right away, knowing full well it will depreciate quickly.