Seeing the price of gas in Vancouver less than here on the Coast reminded me of a time when the price charged here was much lower than in Metro Vancouver. It now seems that the price of $123.9 on the Coast versus $101.4 in Vancouver is here to stay. Of course the price you actually see in Vancouver is $119.9 as they pay an 18.5 cents/litre tax to fund TransLink. This tax is not collected here. A close inspection of prices and relevant taxes would show that the gas companies are charging us about 30 per cent extra on the Coast.
It made me think that as we already pay top dollar for our gas, could we request being included in the TransLink tax and get some additional transit funding for the Coast bus services? I doubt that would work too well. Better still, how about breaking up the gas oligopoly and see some fairer gas prices. Is anyone listening, Mr. Simons and Mr. Weiler?
Peter Holt, Gibsons