Canadian Taxpayers Federation launches petition against proposed gas tax increase
The pain at the pump isn’t limited to unpredictable gas prices.
In Greater Victoria, taxes account for a staggering $0.41 of every litre of fuel.
“Most drivers don’t realize how much they’re paying in tax simply because it’s not on their receipt,” says Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “It’s one of the few taxes people have no idea they’re paying.”
A a typical 40 litre fill-up, tax accounts for $16.40 of the purchase price and consumers could soon be paying even more as the Capital Region Transit Commission is asking the BC government to approve a two-cent-a-litre increase to fund new projects.
“We want to increase the number of buses going to the West Shore, we want to provide bus-only lanes and there are a number of initiatives we would like to undertake to grow the system,” says CRD Transportation Committee Chair Susan Brice.
If the increase goes ahead, Greater Victoria will have the third-highest gas tax in all of North America and critics are calling it a ‘gas gouge’.
“Vancouver Islanders are very familiar with the BC Ferries fare tipping point, the same thing is very close to happening with gas taxes,” Bateman says.
The taxes add up to more than $135 million dollars each year and the proposed increase would add another $6.6 million.
The Taxpayers Federation has launched an online petition urging the province to reject the increase.
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