The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has launched a petition calling on politicians to reduce taxes at the gas pumps in British Columbia, where prices have hit more than $1.78 for a litre of regular gasoline.
That’s a record-breaking price, and the highest in North America.
“British Columbians are being punished at the pumps for driving to work, dropping their kids off at school and picking up groceries – and politicians are the big culprits,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Our petition calls on Premier John Horgan to cancel the B.C. carbon tax, reduce the TransLink Tax and support pipelines so we get tax relief and an increased fuel supply – and if he won’t do it, then Andrew Wilkinson should promise to do it if he becomes premier.”
The B.C. carbon tax is 9.8 cents per litre with GST, and the TransLink Tax is set to jump up to 18.5 cents per litre soon. Metro Vancouver drivers are paying 50 cents more per litre of gasoline than drivers are in Seattle. That’s $35 more to fill up an average family minivan, and more than $1,800 extra per year for weekly fill ups for one vehicle.
“Politicians will say they feel our pain, that they want to help bring relief to drivers, but they need to walk the walk and actually do something real to bring these outrageous costs down,” said Sims.
A large portion of the gasoline used in B.C. comes from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, with much of the interior of the province dependent upon it for supplying fuel to gas stations. Alberta’s Premier Elect Jason Kenney is threatening to restrict the flow of fuel running through the pipe if B.C. Premier Horgan keeps opposing the pipeline’s expansion.
“Premier Horgan should support pipeline projects, instead, he’s picked a fight with our neighbours in Alberta, and that could push prices even higher than they are now,” said Sims. “We need more supply and lower taxes – the solution is in the hands of provincial politicians.”
To view the petition to lower taxes and increase gasoline supply for B.C. click HERE.