The opposition says the Ford government shouldn’t be taking credit for a recent fall in gasoline prices in some part of Ontario.
Prices fell 4.3 cents per litre.
Speaking in the Legislature, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says it’s all related to the end of the cap-and-trade program.
“Congratulations to our Minister of Environment, they have taken away the cap-and-trade program, Speaker, that has not only reduced the price of gas, but also put $285 back in the pocket of families,”
The NDP’s Gilles Bisson says it was really due to the winter blend of gas coming online, affecting prices across Canada.
Bisson argues the PC’s explanation is laughable.
“To stand in this house and say it is the Conservative government that did it, I didn’t know you had such far-reaching power to affect Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Quebec, and the rest of the country.”
The removal of the program did impact natural gas rates.
Gasbuddy.com reports Thunder Bay’s average gas price is 1.7 cents lower than last month’s average.
In the region, the price of gasoline in Fort Frances has remained at $1.39 per litre for several weeks, even after the removal of the added tax.