This is a rant about the changing world we live in.
First off this is absolutely the dumbest article I have ever read about gas prices etc.
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.
This reporter is living in a fantasy world. Canada is not small. My nearest neighbour is miles away. Should I take the subway? Oh ill walk. I live 60
miles from a city.
What do we need money to fix roads if we cant afford to drive? Obviously this person thinks the money should go to fix roads.
They talk about fuel rebates for rural people. I live in Saskatchewan, and yes we farm. We DO have a fuel rebate program. Guess what, it got
Now people are only allowed so much fuel, and then they have to prove how much extra they will need. They dont want to give it to us, believe me on
Might as well just quit farming at these prices by the way.
Now on with the thread, the prices are here to stay. I believe the days of "cheap gas" are gone. While we may consider some prices cheap in the
future, it wont be like the past.
Every day you see gas price stories. And its all over the world now.
Its hitting Canada hard now. What do the politicians think?
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
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.
It doesnt look good. So why are we paying so much in Canada when we have such vast resources RIGHT HERE?
Why is the United States so interested in our oil now?
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
So what do all these people, Cheney included, need to see in Canada?
What has changed about the fact that we have oil, in the last few decades?
Do you still not think there is a problem?
The prices are here to stay.
End of rant.