Car­bon­ear woman at­tends UN event in NYC

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

Car­bon­ear’s Karen Gill says she’s gained so much from at­tend­ing the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women. Gill, a stu­dent at Memo­rial Univer­sity in St. John’s, at­tended the event in New York City for the sec­ond time last month, rep­re­sent­ing the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Women.

Af­ter a re­cent in­crease in gas prices, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is look­ing to re­duce the tem­po­rary gas tax by 75 per cent by the end of 2017.

As stated in a news re­lease, the gas tax will be re­duced by 8.5 cents per litre on June 1st, 2017. Fol­low­ing that, on De­cem­ber 1st, 2017, the tax will be re­duced again by an­other four cents, re­sult­ing in a to­tal of a 12.5-cents per litre re­duc­tion.

The re­main­ing four cents of the gas tax will be re­viewed as part of 2017 fall fis­cal and eco­nomic up­date.

Sean Craw­ford is the owner and oper­a­tor of Craw­ford’s Taxi in Car­bon­ear. He says that the com­pany has fallen on hard times over the past year or two, so he was ex­cited to hear the news of the gas tax re­duc­tions.

“It’s great news. Re­ally good for a com­pany like mine, or any other busi­nesses in the prov­ince that rely on gas to op­er­ate,” said Craw­ford.

Craw­ford added that right now, he is the only full-time driver for Craw­ford’s Taxi. He

es­ti­mates that be­tween him and a cou­ple part-time driv­ers, the com­pany spends a lit­tle over $1,000 on gaso­line.

“You know, the gas prices are al­ways fluc­tu­at­ing, and it feels like they’ve been get­ting worse and worse over the past months. It re­ally has an ef­fect on taxis, but hope­fully this is a bit of a bright light on the sit­u­a­tion,” said Craw­ford. “It gets ex­pen­sive. Main­te­nance, gas, and any other ex­penses that come with it, so any kind of re­duc­tion in costs is wel­come.”

Tax rates on diesel fuel, so far, will re­main un­changed.

Cathy Ben­nett, Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, said that the 75 per cent re­duc­tion would ul­ti­mately have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the prov­ince, adding that it will al­low res­i­dents of New­found­land to have ac­cess to more dis­pos­able in­come, which will in turn have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the pro­vin­cial econ­omy.

Craw­ford added that he saw this as a pos­i­tive thing for the ma­jor­ity of the prov­ince, and al­though the full 75 per cent re­duc­tion is still a few months away, it was a pos­i­tive start.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

With new gas tax re­duc­tions, fill­ing your ve­hi­cle up at a gas sta­tion will be­come sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper.

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