Where is ad­vo­cacy on gaso­line prices?

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - OPINION -

On a re­cent trip to Man­i­toba, I dis­cov­ered that gas prices were sig­nif­i­cantly lower there com­pared to Saskatchewan. Reg­u­lar gas was sell­ing for 85.9 cents a litre at most sta­tions, while in Saskatchewan prices ranged from 95.9 cents to 98.9 cents a litre. This price dif­fer­en­tial also ex­ists for sta­tions near the pro­vin­cial bor­der.

Pro­vin­cial fuel taxes in Man­i­toba are 14 cents per litre and in Saskatchewan 15 cents per litre. All other taxes are the same.

Pre­mier Wall has ex­pressed his op­po­si­tion to a fed­eral car­bon tax which, if ap­plied, would be a smaller in­crease in fuel cost per litre than the cur­rent dif­fer­en­tial be­tween Saskatchewan and Man­i­toba. Shouldn’t our pre­mier, in his role of ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of Saskatchewan ci­ti­zens, be just as vo­cal in op­pos­ing the ex­tra prof­its that the oil in­dus­try is mak­ing as he is to a car­bon tax?

Bob Cormier, Osler

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