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Gas price review sought

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Local MPP Greg Rickford on Friday called on the Competition Bureau to review gasoline and diesel retail prices in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our [government] has followed through and taken steps to cut gas prices in Ontario,” noted Rickford, who also is the minister of energy, northern development and mines.

“Now we need to make sure those savings are being passed on to consumers across the province,” he stressed.

The government eliminated the cap-and-trade carbon tax of 4.3 cents per litre off the wholesale price of gasoline and 5.0 cents per litre off the wholesale price of diesel fuel.

Back in September, wholesalers began removing these costs from their prices and in most markets across Ontario, retail prices have decreased with this change.

In Northwestern Ontario, however, particularly in Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden, and Thunder Bay, these savings do not appear to have been shared with consumers.

“We're seeing anomalies in Northwestern Ontario retail fuel prices which may be evidence of a lack of competitive behaviour,” said Rickford.

“Given these observations, I am requesting that the Competition Bureau undertake a full review of gasoline and diesel retail pricing practices in Northwestern Ontario.”

Ontario is committed to fair and competitive transportation fuel pricing as part of its commitment to lower energy costs for all Ontarians.

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