We’re still about two months away from the federal election, and everywhere you look, there is a politician boasting about a grand plan to help middle class Canadians.
A lot of the talk seems to centre on tax credits and changes to other benefits to put some extra money back into our wallets. But, if they really wanted to help, more people running for office would be talking about gas prices, and how they’re going to finally get them under control.
When the Harper Conservatives first rose to power more than a decade ago, gas prices were one of the hot issues. Back then, most stations were still in the process of changing their signs to accommodate the fact that cost of a litre gas had spiked to more than $1.
Here we are more than 10 years later and we’ve become a nation accustomed to paying that much for gas, with the nation average hovering at around $1.20 per litre. And, this is still somehow happening even as the price of crude oil sinks to its lowest level this milennium.
As Canadians, we should be demanding more of our leaders to do something about these high prices. For years, we’ve been told that there’s correlation between the price of crude oil and gasoline. Now, with the price of the former cut in half compared to last year it’s getting harder and harder to understand why we’re still paying so much at the pumps.
For the past week, price wars between stations in St. Catharines has resulted in long lines as the cost of fuel has plummeted to around 81 cents.
This news does little to eliminate the notion of price-fixing between companies, and whichever party ultimately wins this election needs to put pressure on the Competition Bureau to investigate whether this has been happening, and fine them if it has. When it comes to gas, Canadians need more compassion from leaders and competition, not collusion.
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