Fight Unfair Gas Prices in Squamish

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Squamish consumers are being ripped off at the pump. 

Squamish gas stations have a retail margin 406% higher than the national average, according to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in British Columbia report (2019). 

Gas prices in Squamish are higher than in any neighbouring community, even though nearby Vancouver includes a 18.5-cent per litre tax surcharge that Squamish is not subject to. The effective price difference when incorporating the tax, is that local prices can be up to 29.5 cents per litre more than Vancouver. A recent long-weekend saw prices 21 cents per litre higher than Pemberton. 

We understand that businesses, including gas stations, need to make money to continue to operate. However operating at such extremely high prices for essential services and products is not in the best interest of the community. Instead, it only serves to line the pockets of the station owners, at the expense of the Squamish consumers. 

Frustratingly, stations in Squamish refuse to compete against each other, and have chosen instead to align their prices together well above any other stations in the Lower Mainland. 

Many consumers who live and work in Squamish do not have the luxury of a 70km+ round trip to shop for gas elsewhere so are being held to ransom by the Squamish stations and forced to pay the excessively high prices. 

This petition calls for elected representatives to protect their constituents, and investigate the price fixing and price gouging that is occurring.

 

At the time of writing, pricing in different areas are as follows:
Squamish: 125.9 cents
Vancouver: 112.9 - 116.9 (includes a 16 cent tax)
Whistler: 117.9
Pemberton: 119.9