Ontario drivers have seen a drop in the price of gasoline in recent days. This decrease would only be partly attributable to Ford government policies, according to an expert.
Dan McTeague, an analyst for Gasbuddy.com, says the elimination of a 4.6% tax two weeks ago actually had an impact on the price of gas, but adds that it took before this is transferred to consumers.
There are other reasons, however, for the recent decline, he notes.
Winter gas is cheaper to produce than summer gasoline, says McTeague. He points out that it is, among other things, because of less expensive refinement processes.
The federal government is asking refineries to produce winter gasoline starting September 15, which would partially explain the decline this week.
The weaker Canadian dollar is also impacting lower prices, says McTeague.
Mr. McTeague believes that the average price in Toronto should oscillate in the coming days between $ 1.22 and $ 1.26 for a liter of regular gasoline.
Despite lower prices, there is still a large gap between the north and south of the province.
Last Thursday, according to Gasbuddy.com , one liter of regular gasoline sold for $ 1.06 in Hagersville, south of Hamilton, and $ 1.44 in Thunder Bay, a difference of 38 cents per liter.
Mr. McTeague explains that the gasoline sold in the northwest of the province comes from the west of the country and that the supply price for retailers is higher than elsewhere in Ontario.
According to Gilles Bisson, MLA for Timmins, the province has a duty to act on this issue and has the right to do so because it is responsible for legislating energy.
If we are able to sell a crate of beer or a bottle of wine at the same price in Cornwall and Kenora, we are certainly able to have more fairness for the price of gas.
Gilles Bisson, MPP for Timmins,
A bill introduced by Mr. Bisson on fairness in the pricing of petroleum products has passed second reading and has been sent to the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly.
A similar bill introduced in 2017 had been rejected by Kathleen Wynne’s government.
The new law, if passed, would allow the current government to regulate the price at the pump.
According to analyst Dan McTeague, the regulation of gas prices may not have the desired effect, citing the case of Nova Scotia where prices have increased after the adoption of a similar law.
I do not want to see the same thing we saw with the Hydro prices , says McTeague, who is pleased that the situation is taken seriously.
Marie Bram started working for Spruce Tribune in 2017. Marie grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Spruce Tribune, Marie briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.