Early indications gas prices in Fort St. John are on the rise to $2 a litre yet again.
Average prices in the city were up to 192.1 cents per litre for regular fuel Wednesday morning, up 71.2 cents from an average 120.9 this time last year, according to data from fuel price watchdog gasbuddy.com.
A survey of stations found prices were up to 197.9 at the highway Husky gas station, though prices at other retailers were still posted at 189.9.
Fort St. John gas prices, May 11
- Husky - 197.9
- Petro Canada - 189.9
- Chevron - 189.9
- Co-Op - 189.9
- Esso - 189.9
- Shell - 189.9
- Safeway - 189.9
Gas prices are up across the country, but are the highest in B.C.
Prices hit $2.219 a litre in parts of Greater Victoria and Metro Vancouver on Monday. Elsewhere, prices were up to $2.04 in Kamloops, while the most expensive gas in the province was posted at $2.40 at some stations in Chilliwack.
Natural Resources Canada says the average price across the country for regular gasoline hit 197.4 cents per litre on Tuesday for an all-time high, the Canadian Press reports.
Gasoline prices have spiked as oil tops US$100 a barrel, in part because of supply disruptions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The higher prices also come as the reopening of the economy has led to high demand for gasoline that refiners have limited capacity to meet, the Canadian Press reports.
High prices are also due to high taxes, which has prompted the opposition BC Liberals to call on the NDP government to suspend provincial gas taxes.
In a release on Tuesday, the Liberals also called on the NDP to stop the levy of 25 cents a litre on fuel imports introduced Jan. 1, and introduce a one-time rebate to the income-threshold based climate action tax credit through the federal government.
Liberal MLA Peter Milobar, representing Kamloops-North Thompson, asked the premier during question period if he would consider even one of these measures “to try to raise some short-term relief to people in British Columbia that simply cannot get by anymore with record high gas taxes in British Columbia.”
Gas taxes vary across the province but are about 38 cents a litre.
“We very clearly have government policy and government taxation at play that is out of sync with what’s going on in neighbouring jurisdictions and the government needs to address that,” Milobar said.
The government has several billions of dollars worth of unallocated contingency funds in this budget to try to bring some affordability measures “especially as it pertains to the price of the pump,” he said.
The NDP government reiterated Tuesday steps they have taken to lower overall costs for families in the province, including reducing the cost of automobile insurance last year and approving a one-time gas rebate.
Most drivers who have a basic auto insurance policy will receive $110 and most commercial drivers, who tend to have higher expenses, will get $165 through the rebate.
“Those cheques are going out … this very month,” Farnworth said.
- with files from Cindy E. Harnett in Victoria, Tim Petruk in Kamloops
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