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Gas stations turn deaf ear to Premier Ford and jack up prices

Just a short drive down Highway 17 W, Necessities on NFN land is still selling at 78.7 as of Wednesday noon
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Gas prices went from .77 to .88 overnight. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Just days after Premier Doug Ford complaining that higher gas prices in northern Ontario are 'totally' unfair,' North Bay outlets jacked up prices by 15 per cent overnight. But to be fair, prices are up across the province.

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

"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."

Prices in North Bay Tuesday morning were in the 77 cent range, but the price took a gain leap Wednesday with most gas stations around 88 cents a litre for regular.

Just a short drive down Highway 17 W, Necessities on NFN land is still selling at 78.7 as of Wednesday noon.

GasBuddy says the higher prices are the rusults of gasoline demand rebounding across Canada and the U.S.

“While oil may continue to struggle, a disconnect between low oil prices and rising gasoline prices has emerged at the hands of refineries that have slowed production over the past month to avoid flooding the market with unwanted gasoline."

According to GasBuddy prices in the Toronto area remain in the .78 range. with Costco at 74.9.

The lowest cost in Barrie is .80.

 

 


Jeff Turl

About the Author: Jeff Turl

Jeff is a veteran of the news biz. He's spent a lengthy career in TV, radio, print and online, covering both news and sports. He enjoys free time riding motorcycles and spoiling grandchildren.
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