New Democrats on Gas Gouging

Jean Crowder and Zeni MaartmanNDP candidates Zeni Maartman in Nanaimo-Alberni and Jean Crowder in Nanaimo-Cowichan will provide real gas price relief for consumers while the Conservatives break promises and protect big oil companies.

"The spike in oil and gas prices has an enormous impact on people's lives, from travel to work and daycare, to heating their homes. The Conservatives stand up for oil and gas companies. It's time to stand up for Canadians," said Maartman.

While the price of oil fell on the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday, gasoline prices in Nanaimo shot up as high as $1.47 per litre this morning after starting the week at $1.33.

New Democrats will institute tough monitoring and the regulation of fuel prices. Big oil shouldn't have a free license to gouge consumers. Jack Layton will start with a price monitoring agency, with regulations based on consultations with the provinces and stakeholders.

"Everyday Canadians are paying millions of dollars every year due to price-gouging and hidden fees of all sorts," said Crowder.

Before he was elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Canadians gas relief but once elected he backtracked declaring, "This is something we're all going to have to adapt to" (Stephen Harper, CTV.ca, April 19, 2006) and "We became convinced that, quite frankly, there was a limited amount we could do in terms of helping consumers specifically with gas prices," (Stephen Harper, CTV.ca, May 17, 2007).

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