Letter: Why are Kelowna’s gas prices among highest in Canada?

A simple question for Kelowna area MP Ron Cannan and MLA Steve Thomson.

Open letter to Ron Cannan [MP Kelowna-Lake Country] and Steve Thomson [MLA Kelowna-Mission]:

Kelowna gas: $1.21.9 litre as of September 30, 2015

A very simple question is being asked throughout the Okanagan in which you both supposedly serve.

Why is the price of gas higher here than any other city in the country?

Why is the government allowing such blatant price fixing in the Okanagan?

Why are prices lower in Vancouver ($1.14) where there is an 11 per cent translink tax included?

Why are prices lower [as of Sept. 29] in

Kamloops ($1.09)

Winnipeg ($0.92)

Calgary ($0.97)

Regina ($0.96)

London ($0.89)

Toronto ($0.93)

St. Johns ($0.95)?

These are questions that you, the government, have the power to do something about under the Competition Act and the Criminal Code.

I realize, Mr. Cannan, you will have to get permission from [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper before you can speak, and, Mr. Thompson, I would imagine you will have to do the same from [B.C. Premier Christy] Clark.

People are tired of getting screwed.

People want answers now.

Ian MacLean, Kelowna