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Disgusted by high gas prices yet? Take a number. Westman motorists watched with horror Monday as pump prices in Brandon shattered the buck-a-litre barrier as they moved from 97.9 cents per litre to $1.039.
Governments should charge more, not less, tax on gasoline if they are ever going to change people’s habits for the better. In Europe, gas prices have long been in the stratosphere and it has encouraged people to walk, bike, ride buses and live closer together.
Beyond that, gas tax needs to be there so governments can repair our roads. While it would be nice if a certain provincial government would cough up a little bit more to build a new bridge on 18th Street, fix the potholes on Brandon’s major roads and twin Highway 10, the reality is it won’t be able to do any of that without fuel tax.
Granted, people will argue high fuel prices will break people who live in rural Manitoba. That’s why they should receive some sort of rebate on gasoline, provided they can prove they rely heavily on fuel for their livelihoods, as a farmer would need to.
Quebec Finance Minister Michel Audet said he can't afford to reduce gas taxes because the government loses $22 million when the price increases by five cents per litre.
In Nova Scotia, Premier John Hamm admitted he's not happy with the government's policy of double-taxing fuel, but refused to discontinue the practice.
Finance Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday there are no easy answers to the problem of soaring prices at the pumps. "The dilemma is, there is not an easy way to make sure if governments, either federal or provincial, were to change their tax structures, would that actually result in money in the pockets of consumers?" he said in Regina.
Goodale was responding to criticism by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, who has accused Ottawa of profiting from high gasoline prices, claiming it could easily reduce the cost by up to five cents a litre.
U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow was there in early July at the invitation of Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, and returned apparently impressed by the scope of existing production and its potential for the future. Officials are also trying to convince U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to come have a look.
"With billions of barrels of potential oil there, people are starting to stake out their ground," said Frank Verrastro, a former oil executive, top government energy official and now director of the energy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
I believe taht this thread already has been posted, so if the mods could close this thread we all would be greatfull...