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Fuel tax hike could be disaster for border towns

Monday, January 20, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

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TOBY BARRETT, ONTARIO
CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONSUMER SERVICES CRITIC
 
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SARNIA – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP and Opposition Consumer Services Critic Toby Barrett predicts more border hopping for cheap gas if there’s a hike at the pumps.

“More expensive gas in Ontario - to pay for Toronto subways - by default means cheaper gas in the U.S. and more people buying product over the border,” Barrett said.

“The possibility of raising fuel prices another 10 cents a litre will be a disaster for the local community of Sarnia-Lambton because of the proximity to the border and the implications of cross-border shopping, which would be devastating to our small business community,” agreed Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey.

Barrett was in Sarnia as part of a week-long tour with the province’s finance committee for pre-budget hearings.

Barrett, Bailey, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton and Opposition Finance Critic Vic Fedeli stopped at a local Shell station to talk to the owner about the implications of the price hike proposed by the government’s transit panel.

“This government doesn’t have a revenue problem. This government has a spending problem. The last thing residents in Sarnia need is to pay an extra 10 cents per litre for gas, or having to pay more for the essentials like groceries and heat in our homes,” concluded Fedeli. “Ontarians deserve better. It’s time to change the team that leads this province.”

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