Thirteen cents more than we need to pay?
“There is an unexplained difference in [the] wholesale price of approximately 13 cents per litre (
Reports are important. We want intelligent and researched advice from qualified people.
That’s not what the NDP is doing with its stories. What it chooses to
do with its reporting is exclude study into the things it finds distasteful about governing. Like having to admit they have no energy plan.
John Horgan has spent a small fortune fighting TMPL and has created a toxic relationship with Alberta.
“If BC had to replace refined products that are currently supplied by the TMPL (Trans-Mountain Pipeline), there is inadequate infrastructure in BC to transport, receive, store and distribute large quantities of refined fuels from any market other than Alberta.” BCUC August 2019
Today the NDP is pushing a narrative that is at best misleading,
Ralston completely ignores the rest of the report, which highlights
the real issue for BC: supply. “With refineries running at close to capacity, there is little incentive to reduce prices, because volumes cannot be increased.”
In other words, wholesalers can charge what they like because we do not have adequate infrastructure to support our gasoline needs. The report spells it out:
“Transportation/TransMountain Pipeline: The BC government should ensure there is infrastructure for more refined products to flow to BC.” BCUC August 2019
Where in Ralston’s comments to the media is this from the report? “The panel finds that there is no evidence to suggest that collusion among the retail operators exists nor is there evidence of cartel
behavior.” BCUC August 2019
On-Page 45 of the BCUC report states: “However, the Panel finds that the change in the allocation methodology in the Tariff has affected the amount of refined product being transported by the TMPL into the BC market.”
In response, the NDP said this: “Our government is concerned with the allocation of refined gasoline flowing into BC…” While still refusing to support an expanded TMPL or fix the relationship they torpedoed with Alberta.
They go on to state that they are committed to bringing fairness and transparency to BC. I suggest they start by dealing with the issues highlighted in this report. A report we did not need.
All the NDP had to do was go to @GasBuddy. @GasBuddy is the creation of Dan McTeague, former Liberal MP. McTeague figured out the mysterious 13 Cent difference that is perplexing the NDP, and he did it for free! Check out what happens to prices when supply dries up after you pick a fight with Alberta.
Excluded from the BCUC report by the NDP was any investigation into
how the government impacts gas prices. The ridiculousness of that limitation on the scope of the report defies explanation. The NDP believes they can create regulations on an industry without understanding how their current governance impacts the market.
There is no need for this report. But here we have it because the real exercise of this report had nothing to do with reporting on our fuel problem.