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Campaign to cut gas taxes across Canada started 20 years ago

Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT

Some pumps around Metro Vancouver hit an all-time high for gas prices. This station is located on Oak St. in Vancouver. (Tim James, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Push to have Ottawa cut federal gas taxes marks 20th anniversary

CTF hopes politicians hear the national demand to lower gas taxes as BC drivers pay the most for gas

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – At a time when Lower Mainland drivers are paying more for gas than anywhere else in North America, a familiar call has gone out to reduce fuel taxes and not only in BC, but nation-wide.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation‘s Gas Tax Honesty Day.

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The director of the BC chapter, Kris Sims, feels local drivers are “unnecessarily” paying 51 cents more for every litre and across BC, it’s 39 cents.

“We are always hopeful. As upset as we get and as much waste as we see, we know that people get turned off by negativity and we’re going to keep on plotting along and urging people, urging governments to save money, have smaller government and to cut our taxes and we do think, sometimes, the message does get through.”

The federation is again calling for reductions in both federal and provincial excise taxes, as well as BC’s nearly eight cent per a litre carbon levy, the regional transit tax and the GST.

Sims says local drivers may finally be angry enough to demand relief and, possibly, get it.

“As we even recently saw with the Metro Vancouver board voting themselves a pay raise and a retirement bonus. If people get up in arms and they write letters and they make phone calls, politicians will act.”

She adds Gas Tax Honesty Day also points out most money collected by every level of government ends up going into general revenues.

“Taxes were first imposed and implemented saying, ‘Scout’s honour, all of this money is to go towards roads and bridges and infrastructure.’ We know that’s not true.”

Sims is suggesting tax cuts being proposed now would save the average driver as much as $20 every time they fill up.

A reminder, BC pays the highest gas taxes in the country.