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Get ready to pay more for gas


Get ready to pay more at the pump. Tax increases are on the way. People living in Metro Vancouver already pay the highest gas prices in the country. Prices are more than $1.60 at some stations. Online gas price tracker website, GasBuddy, found the average price in Vancouver on October 6 was $159.00.

Here's how the rest of the country stacks up.

• $1.59 per litre in Vancouver

• $1.46 per litre in Montreal

• $1.42 per litre in Winnipeg

• $1.40 per litre in Toronto

• $1.37 per litre in Halifax

• $1.36 per litre in Regina

• $1.36 per litre in Calgary

(Source: GasBuddy) 

"In many provinces the tax bill makes up more than a third of the price at the pump. So for politicians to provide relief, to make life more affordable for Canadians and drivers they need to provide some tax relief at the pumps," Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says combined taxes at the pump make up about 31 to 42 per cent of the price, depending on where you live. In addition, there's another increase in tax headed our way with a second round of carbon taxes. CTF estimates that within 10 years Canadians will be paying about $.40 per litre in carbon tax.

"The carbon tax is a tax plan; it's not an environmental plan. We've seen in British Columbia, which has had the highest carbon tax, we've seen its emissions continue to go up," Terrazzano added.


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