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Ever wonder why the Lower Mainland has the highest gasoline prices of any North American urban area? It’s simple: we have the highest gasoline taxes on the continent.
On a litre of gas, Lower Mainland drivers pay a whopping 51.3 cents/L in direct gasoline taxes. That includes:
Now John Horgan and the NDP want to increase that. By April 1, 2019 (not an April Fool’s joke, unfortunately), they will have us paying 54 cents/L – hiking the TransLink gas tax by 1.5 cents/L and the carbon tax by another 1.1 cents/L).
Lower Mainlanders alone pay more than $1 billion in gasoline taxes to various levels of government every single year.
Capital Region drivers have the third-highest gas taxes in North America, paying 45.3 cents/L in direct gasoline taxes. That includes:
The rest of B.C. has a slightly lighter tax burden, paying 39.3 cents/L in direct gasoline taxes. That includes:
We need to start cutting gasoline taxes. The best place to start? Stopping John Horgan’s annual tax hikes – the 1.1 cents/L for the carbon tax and the 1.5 cents/L for TransLink.