QUEEN’S PARK –The Wynne government vote down an NDP bill that would have saved Ontario families from gasoline price gouging.
On Thursday, Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson’s Bill 183, Fairness in Petroleum Pricing Act, 2017, was read for a second time in the legislature and was shut down by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals before reaching a third reading.
“The Liberals were given the opportunity to do the right thing and protect Ontario families from unpredictable gas prices but instead they were in it for themselves and chose the side of the gas companies over the side of consumers” Bisson said.
“With gas not being regulated, large gas companies control the price and the small independent gas companies get shut down – getting rid of the competitiveness.”
Bisson’s bill was designed to protect the interest of consumers with respect to the predictable and consistent retail pricing of petroleum products. The bill would have allowed the Ontario Energy Board, under the Lieutenant Governor in Council, to regulate the retail price and wholesale mark-up of petroleum products in Ontario.
“I understand that there is a cost to transport gas but we see differences of 40 cents per litre from Hamilton to Thunder Bay. You can’t tell me that it costs 40 cents per litre to deliver gasoline across the province.”
“We shouldn’t be punished just because we live in Northern Ontario. After the Liberals cancelled the Ontario Northlander passenger train in 2012, we haven’t had trains or reliable buses in the north that link us to Southern Ontario, therefore we rely on automobiles as our main source of transportation and we get gouged at the pumps for it.”