With gas prices at another record high in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prime Minister Andrew Faury says his government is considering all measures to help people deal with the rising cost of living – and the opposition says it is willing to take it on.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Public Utilities Board raised the maximum gasoline price by 3.5 cents per liter overnight Thursday, raising the cost of a liter of unleaded self-serve to $2,284 on the Avalon Peninsula.
Prices in other parts of the county are higher: $2.31 per liter in Central Newfoundland, $2.29 per liter in Deer Lake and Corner Brook area on Newfoundland’s west coast, $2.32 per liter in Bay Vert Island and the Northern Peninsula and go up to $2.40 per liter. lt’s aimed at.
In Labrador, prices range from $1.62 in Central Labrador to $2.35 in Western Labrador.
The prices of other fuels are in constant flux. Diesel fell 3.9 cents per liter in Newfoundland, but increased 1.6 cents per liter in Labrador.
Prices in Labrador now range from $1.71 per liter to $3.02 in Churchill Falls, which has seen a price jump due to the switch to a summer blend of diesel fuel, according to PUB. All other fuels, except propane, are still under price freeze in Labrador.
Meanwhile, prices in Newfoundland range from $2.65 to $2.76 per liter.
The price of home heating oil is also falling, with furnace oil down 3.38 cents per liter across the county. Burner oil fell the same price in Newfoundland but jumped by 29 cents per liter in Labrador. There was no information in the PUB update explaining the price jump. Propane fell 0.6 cents a liter.
Changes to the gas tax “active discussion”: immediate
Faury said rising fuel prices and the rising cost of living were the focus of his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week.
“We talked about a variety of issues affecting Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including the cost of living and the pressures families face. The stress and anxiety caused, whether it’s because of inflation or the price of gas or a combination of both,” he said.
“He says he hears it all over the country. I definitely hear from other prime ministers, and we all have limited levers with which we can influence.”
The regional Progressive Conservative Party, led by financial critic Tony Wickham, has called on Faury and the government to cut the province’s gas tax, which they say will give prices some relief at the pump.
Prime Minister and Finance Minister Siobhan Cody previously said changes to the gas tax would be nearly impossible due to how the implementation of the federal carbon tax in Newfoundland and Labrador has been negotiated with the federal government.
Fiore won’t say on Wednesday if conversations with Trudeau on the matter have been fruitful, but he said they are continuing.
“I’m still having conversations about certain flexibility that could exist, and is likely to exist,” he said. “However, they are very committed to the carbon tax.” “We enjoy everything.”
Wickham says more needs to be done. In a statement issued by the opposition on Monday, the party said they are ready to keep the provincial legislature open until the Liberal government takes immediate action to help deal with the rising cost of living.
“We don’t want any more talk. We want to know exactly what the people of Newfoundland and Labrador will get from their government,” Wickham said on Monday. “It’s not a good idea to simply say ‘we’ll look’.”
“Don’t just think about it. Do it and do it now. Because the people of Newfoundland and Labrador simply can’t wait.”
The provincial legislature closes every day at midnight, but Wickham says the opposition will be able to keep the House open through ongoing debate on Bill 60, which would amend the county’s revenue administration law to increase the tax rate on carbon products.
Wickham said members of the legislature can debate the bill continuously as long as different speakers step in every 10 minutes.
“We have a chance to continue the discussion, and we will. As long as it takes,” he added.
CBC News asked the Prime Minister’s Office for comment, but did not receive a response via publication.
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