Yvonne Jones, Opposition Critic for Labrador Affairs and MHA for the
District of Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair, is telling the Public Utilities
Board (PUB) Review into Petroleum Products Pricing Regulation that
government must deal with high gas prices that have placed an unnecessary
burden on consumers in Labrador and other rural areas of the province.
"The PUB and government must realize that gas prices in Labrador and other
coastal communities are substantially higher than other parts of the
province," said Jones. "I am calling on government to implement uniform
pricing for gasoline products like it does for other consumer products such
as milk, alcohol and electricity. Otherwise, a subsidy could be considered
to defray the high cost of fuel in Labrador.
"The past year has been very hard for many people in my district who were
hurt by the poor crab fishery and tourism season. The high price of gas and
the increasing price of home heating oil heading into the winter months will
have a further impact on the ability of these people to make ends meet.
"Newfoundland and Labrador is an oil producing province that is currently
experiencing windfall profits from record high prices. Government has the
flexibility and the responsibility to act to make this consumer product
accessible and affordable in all regions of the province."