Letter writers debate the real and imagined effects of gas taxes and perceived price gouging by oil companies.

Letter writers debate the real and imagined effects of gas taxes and perceived price gouging by oil companies.

Gas prices not easy for anyone

Former oil company worker says: 'I have never heard anyone mention an overnight price gouge phenomenon.'

Re: “Fuel sales a dirty game,” Frank Bucholtz, The Leader, May 29.

As a former oil company employee directly involved in retail gas pricing, I am very aware of the large impact of all the taxes on gasoline prices and I am used to people relating to the increase of gas prices before long weekends.

I agree with the former because it is a black-and-white fact and I accept that perception becomes reality for people on the latter.

However, in all my years of being made to discuss (read: d-e-f-e-n-d) gas pricing, I have never heard anyone mention an overnight price gouge phenomenon on any kind of basis, never mind a regular basis. It would be interesting to know how many “poll respondents” there were and how many of them related to this imaginary phenomenon.

Chris Cant, Surrey


Sick of taxes

Wow! Frank Bucholtz rocked with last week’s column on fuel sales.

I am disgusted at the amount of taxes charged per litre by all levels of governments and the oil companies. This kind of “gouging” money from a necessity (driving a car to work or for getting groceries) is common in the Third World, but I am shocked it is happening here.

I want to thank Mr. Bucholtz for helping us, Surrey and North Delta voters, to wake up to the reality. I hope more of us start questioning TransLink and our governments about ever-increasing taxes and their use of the public money.

Then there is the notorious ICBC – having a monopoly in the business, making millions of dollars, and still increasing the insurance rates by five per cent. What are B.C. drivers being punished for?

Sikandar Hayat

Surrey North Delta Leader

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