Energy Minister Greg Rickford isn't pleased. He wants consumers to know the province has already cut its taxes on a litre of gas by five cents, but he notes the savingshaven't translated to savings at the pumps.
"This is a huge source of frustration for me," he said, during a recent interview.
In his comments on the issue, Rickford stopped short of saying gas prices should be regulated through the Ontario Energy Board. However, in the interim, he's proposing stickers be put on gas pumps at retailers, which clearly show the reduction.
Over the summer, the Opposition NDP proposed a private member's bill. It would see gas prices regulated by the province, in an effort to prevent price gouging at the pumps.
The Ontario average price is about $1.14 a litre. In Windsor drivers are paying about $1.09, compared with Ottawa at $1.12, while Toronto commuters are paying $1.20 a litre.
According to Gas Buddy.com, the price of gas has increased 50 cents a litre since the end of October in 2009, when the price was about 67 cents a litre.
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