Opinion: When it comes to gasoline, Northerners can’t afford Ford’s inaction on price gouging

Northern Ontario NDP MPPs are drafting a joint opinion piece advancing their plan to regulate gas prices

Doug Ford went on to bring gasoline prices down and instead they explode.

The northerners are facing a jump in prices for everything from gasoline to home heating to food, and we are still in the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Gas prices in Northern Ontario have already risen to over $ 1.50 per liter. Natural gas, propane, and heating oil prices are at their highest in years, and families are paying hundreds of dollars more for groceries.

Doug Ford served over three years in government trying to make life more affordable for northerners. He refused to do anything in Northern Ontario except hold a $ 1,000 burger fundraiser for himself in North Bay.

Since taking office over three years ago, Ford has had an NDP bill to curb gasoline price spikes. It would regulate the price of petrol and finally prevent the big oil companies from charging northern countries for everything they want. But Ford refused to act.

Instead, Ford has broken its promise to cut gasoline prices by 10 cents per liter and now says there is nothing it can do about gasoline prices. He promised to cut electricity prices, and prices have risen. He railed against the carbon tax and does nothing about it except wasting millions of Ontario dollars on lost lawsuits and stickers that don’t stick to gas pumps.

Ford is doing nothing to help the northerners who are being chiseled at the pump because its priority is oil profits and its boss pals.

Northern families are our priority.

The new Democrats will stop price gouging and make life more affordable for workers and families in the north. We will bring price stability for northern drivers and the family budget. There would be no more surprises with overnight price increases or large price differences from one city to another.

It is time to act to stop gas price gouging in Northern Ontario. If Doug Ford doesn’t. Become new democrats.

Op-ed co-authored by MPPs Gilles Bisson (Timmins), John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane), France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Jamie West (Sudbury), Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay), Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin. )), Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) and Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan).

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