ANGUS CALLS ON COMPETITION BUREAU TO SUPPORT TIMMINS INVESTIGATION INTO GAS PRICES
April 3rd, 2014 - 10:52am
Charlie Angus has written to the Competition Bureau calling them to support the City of Timmins request for an investigation in gas prices in the region. Angus has written to the Competition Bureau in the past and been frustrated by their unwillingness to look into the question of price gouging in the north. He says that the push by the City of Timmins for action necessitates the Competition Bureau playing a more active role in responding to the concerns of northerners.
Angus says the retail price of gas affects every family in Northern Ontario
“Northerners rely on vehicles to work, sometimes over long distances. The discrepancy in price between the north and south can’t simply be explained away by the cost of delivery. The outrageous discrepancy between Timmins and other communities is impacting our regional competitiveness. A difference of 10 or 20 cents a litre can seriously erode the bottom line of any northern business whether tourism, transportation, forestry, agriculture or mining”
Angus wants The Bureau to review the current state of fuel costs in the north and determine whether or not prices are being kept artificially inflated.
“It is the view of my constituents that the premium that they pay in fuel prices cannot be from competitive market prices.”