NDP calls for extension of gas tax exemption and inspection of filling stations – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Unleaded gasoline prices at the pump Monday in Calgary averaged 181.9 cents a liter

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With gas prices hitting all-time highs in Alberta, NDP energy critic Kathleen Ganley is urging the provincial government to renew the provincial gas tax suspension and audit stations to ensure the savings are passed on to Alberta residents.

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According to GasBuddy.com, Monday’s Calgary pump prices for unleaded gasoline averaged $1.81 per liter, with some stations charging as much as $1.91. The average price at the pump rose by 2.2 cents compared to Sunday.

The province froze the province’s gas tax of 13 cents per liter in early April, causing average prices in the city to fall from $1.67 to $1.56, and said it would review the program quarterly. The tax freeze is set to thaw on July 1 and Ganley wants it extended to October 1.

“That should be a piece of cake,” she said. “The price certainly hasn’t come down and there are no signs that it will in the foreseeable future.”

The provincial tax is fully lifted when West Texas Intermediate is above $90 per barrel and is partially lifted at $80 per barrel. As of 3:00 p.m. Monday, WTI was trading at $118.92.

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Despite record fuel prices, Alberta still has the lowest gas prices in the country. Dan McTeague — president of Canadians for Affordable Energy and forecaster for fuel monitoring site gaswizard.ca — forecasts every other major hub in the country to rise above $2.06 on Tuesday, with Edmonton at $1.89 and Calgary at $1.91 will rise.

Justin Brattinga, PM Jason Kenney’s press secretary, has defended the province’s actions up to this point.

“The government of Alberta is doing more than any other government in Canada to ease the burden of inflation,” he said in an emailed statement. “It is hypocritical for the NDP to demand lower gas prices while remaining behind Justin Trudeau’s plan to quadruple the state carbon tax.”

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McTeague confirmed this sentiment by noting that no other province has raised provincial taxes to this level. Newfoundland and Labrador recently reduced their levy by eight cents per liter, while New Brunswick introduced a one-time rebate for low-income individuals ($250) and families ($450).

The former Liberal MP dismissed the idea of ​​an audit as an expensive, redundant process that can be calculated with a few quick calculations, using wholesale gas costs and accounting for other price implications from refining costs to taxes and transport.

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“The numbers don’t lie; You don’t need an auditor to tell you that; First grade math usually does that for you,” he said.

He pointed to federal energy policies that have pushed up gas costs by 11.7 cents through carbon tax and GST and also hampered the country’s ability to produce gas at levels that take pressure off global demand .

McTeague said the federal government is rooted in its environmental beliefs and does not see them backing away from its policies, regardless of the impact on the cost of living and inflation. He said the mentality has weighed more on global demand and had other effects.

“All you did here was authorize Russia to attack Ukraine because we didn’t have enough oil in the world,” he said. “And you are walking this path, which you continue to support, an ever-increasing constraint on our energy supply that could easily have supplanted what Russia has.”

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He said this was a policy stemming from blocking construction of the Northern Gateway and Energy East pipelines, which McTeague said could have brought another two million barrels of oil to the world market. This would have lowered the price of oil while strengthening the Canadian dollar.

“We have pinned down our oil sector and prevented it from selling more oil at a time when the world desperately needs Canadian oil,” McTeague said. “The trendies found a way to basically block and lock up our energy resources.”

McTeague isn’t sure how much higher the gas will be, but as the carbon tax is set to increase from $50 a ton to $170 by 2030 and the federal government prepares to introduce an additional tax on fuel providers (the Clean Fuel Standard) introduce, this will continue to increase.

jaldrich@postmedia.com

Twitter: @JoshAldrich03


Gas price forecast (in cents) for Tuesday:

  • Calgary—191.1
  • Edmont – 189.9
  • Toronto — 214.9
  • Montreal — 223.9
  • Vancouver — 236.9
  • Regina — 206.9
  • Saskatoon – 206.9
  • Winnipeg — 207.9
  • St. John’s — 223.4
  • Victoria — 235.9

— Source: gaswizard.ca

Average gas prices (in cents) by province on Monday

  • Canada — 207.6
  • Alberta — 181.5
  • v. – 222.4
  • Saskatchewan — 196.5
  • Manitoba — 201.5
  • Ontario — 210.4
  • Quebec — 218.3
  • Nfld. — 217.8
  • PEI — 213.4
  • New Brunswick — 208.1
  • Nova Scotia — 209.0

— Source: gasbuddy.ca

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