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Premier Fumes Over Gas Price Increase

Thursday, 18 April 2024 17:33

By Geoff Waterfield, Canadian Press

Doug Ford pointed out there's been no change in places like Chicago or Minnesota

Ontario's premier blowing off some steam over yesterday's massive hike in gas prices around Niagara and the rest of the province.

Doug Ford says he called up his friends in Chicago and Minnesota, because they have a similar climate.

He was told prices in those places haven't moved, remaining about $3.70 a gallon.  "Folks, let's do the math.  It's a $1.80... there's 4 litres to a gallon, that's $7.20.  And my buddy in Chicago asked 'What's this carbon tax all about?'".

The premier then attacked the federal and provincial liberals for the carbon tax.

He also questioned claims by gas companies that switching from winter to summer gas costs money.

"Do you let your tanks at the gas stations drain, and you have these tankers come up, as I haven't seen too many tankers going in to put fresh gas in... or using old gas and charging the higher cost?'

He doubted if gas stations can drain all the winter gas at once, so he wonders if companies put in new gas last month.

However, another petroleum analyst says yesterday's rise has nothing to do with carbon taxes or rising tensions in the Middle East.

Patrick De Haan is with GasBuddy, and says springtime increases are quite normal as refineries switch from winter to summer gas.

He says pump prices are expected to come down in July.


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