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Gas price difference in northern Ontario 'totally unfair' says Ford

'We're going to get an explanation of the gas prices because it's unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable'
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford told a news conference in Toronto today (Saturday) that much higher gas prices in northern Ontario are 'totally' unfair' and that Minister of Energy Greg Rickford is "all over this."

Gas hit 96 cents a litre in Thunder Bay today, jumping 10 cents a litre this week. In North Bay it's in the .77 cent range, but much lower in the south...about .72 in the Toronto area.

A reporter asked Ford if he had taken into account how much costlier it is to travel in the north as intercity bus routes have been cut.

"Are the gas companies just trying to gouge people." Ford wondered aloud. "We're going to get an explanation of the gas prices because it's unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable.

"People are paying 20 to 30 per cent more in Thunder Bay and other regions, but we'll get down to the bottom of this, I promise you. We're already all over this.

Ford says Rickford is working on the problem, but gave no specifics.