VIDEO: [CBC News] Taxes, less refining capacity and growing demand contribute to high gas prices in British Columbia. [April 24, 2019]
Problem: Horgan’s government, along with previous ones, have always aimed for high energy prices as a matter of government policy. To now blame others for the highest pump prices in North America is akin to the ghoulish joke about the young man who kills his parents and then complains he’s an orphan.
Horgan argues that he is not responsible for the recent dramatic rise in pump prices – partly correct, given his government’s annual carbon tax increases on April 1 only added one cent a litre each year.
But that sidesteps the two-decade-long government-imposed trend. It also overlooks that higher fuel prices and no “dependency” on oil and gas is exactly the future the NDP government and their Green party allies want for British Columbians.
Today’s high gasoline prices – the result of higher taxes over decades, a lack of extra Trans Mountain Pipeline capacity, plus greater dependence on the current re-retooling of two Washington state refineries – are but a foretaste of much higher fuel prices to come, thanks to government policy.
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