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Cut B.C.’s Big Gas Taxes

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Cut B.C.’s Big Gas Taxes

Cut B.C.’s Big Gas Taxes

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B.C.’s big gas taxes are stifling our economy – let’s push government to cut them.

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  • Want lower gas prices?


    The Lower Mainland already pays the highest gas taxes in North America – including a tax-on-tax – and now John Horgan and the NDP want to hike it again. We need to stop them.


    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:

    • • 17 cents/L to TransLink
    • • 10 cents/L to federal government
    • • 8.5 cents/L to provincial government
    • • 7.8 cents/L to provincial government in carbon tax (set to rise 1.1 cents/L every year)
    • • 8 cents/L in GST

    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:

    • • 5.5 cents/L to BC Transit
    • • 10 cents/L to federal government
    • • 14.5 cents/L to provincial government
    • • 7.8 cents/L to provincial government in carbon tax (set to rise 1.1 cents/L every year)
    • • 8 cents/L in GST

    The rest of B.C. has a slightly lighter tax burden, paying 39.3 cents/L in direct gasoline taxes. That includes:

    • • 10 cents/L to federal government
    • • 14.5 cents/L to provincial government
    • • 7.8 cents/L to provincial government in carbon tax (set to rise 1.1 cents/L every year)
    • • 8 cents/L in GST


    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.

    The Horgan NDP government should stop raising taxes as a first step toward making gasoline more affordable for everyday families.