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Opinion: When it comes to gasoline, Northerners can’t afford Ford’s inaction on price gouging

Northern Ontario NDP MPPs pen joint opinion piece pushing their plan to regulate gas prices
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A vandalized gasoline pricing sticker on a pump at a North Bay gas station. (Supplied)

Doug Ford ran on lowering gas prices and instead they’re skyrocketing.

Northerners are facing a jump in prices for everything from gasoline to home heating to groceries, and we are still in the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Gas prices in Northern Ontario have already soared over $1.50 cents a litre. The price of natural gas, propane and heating oil are reaching their highest level in years and families are paying hundreds of dollars more for groceries.

Doug Ford has had over three years in government to help make life more affordable for northerners. He has refused to do anything in Northern Ontario, except hold a $1,000 a burger fundraiser for himself in North Bay.

Ford has had an NDP bill to stop the gas prices spikes in his hands since he started in office over three years ago. It would regulate the price of gasoline and finally stop big oil from charging northerners whatever they want. But Ford has refused to act.

Instead, Ford broke his promise to bring down the price of gasoline 10 cents a litre and is now saying that he can’t do anything about gas prices. He promised to lower electricity prices and the prices have gone up. He rails against the carbon tax and does nothing about it except waste millions of Ontario dollars on lost court cases and on stickers that don’t stick on gas pumps.

Ford is doing nothing to help northerners that are being gouged at the pump because his priority is oil profits and his corporate CEO buddies.

Our priority is northern families. 

New Democrats will stop gas-price gouging and make life more affordable for northern workers and families. We will bring price stability for northern drivers and the family budget. There would be no more surprises with overnight price hikes or large price differences from one town to another.

It’s time for action to stop gas price gouging in Northern Ontario. If Doug Ford won’t do it.  New Democrats will. 

Op-ed co-authored by MPPs Gilles Bisson (Timmins), John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane), France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Jamie West (Sudbury), Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay), Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin), Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) and Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan).