Letter: High Gas Prices – Aaron Neaves
I like many in our community have fallen victim to the high gas prices that we have seen take off especially in the last few weeks. I read an article in Tuesday March 1 2001 edition of the Chatham Daily News that caught my eye. It read “high gas prices continue” as I read the article, I stopped on the second page and read our local MPs version of what he considers to be “perfectly normal forces” and that this is simply “supply and demand”.
I wonder if this has anything to do with the petroleum industries before-tax profits of $50 billion in 2008 or their massive tax gift from Ottawa. Todays prices are now at the highest level in Canadian history. So much for helping out the average Canadian and trying to help and support the average Joe such as every day commuters going to their job if it hasn’t been ravaged by this recession, or for helping out the workers who drive trucks, the farmers who will soon be filling up the tanks as they prepare for another planting season or how about the unemployed person trying to make ends meet as they try to secure new employment or new educational opportunities.
I for one do not buy into this madness that the geopolitical events on the other side of the world have any bearing on these ever soaring prices. Most of the gasoline we buy is refined from our own oil. it is no more expensive to produce than it was last year. But thanks to globalization, speculation and greed we are forced to pay more and more.
What is wrong with today’s government discussing and implementing a new Canadian energy policy that would oversee the more gradual and steady development of our resources, control exports and foreign ownership. This would ensure that Canadians pay a fair sustainable price.
A high dollar, high resources and a declining exporting base is just a recipe for a deeper economic recession as these “forces” ravage the real foundations of our economy.