Timmins Mayor Steve Black isn’t buying the argument that our gas prices are so high because transport trucks have to drive further. He brought the issue up to city council this week, and they have decided to petition the Competition Bureau to find out what is happening. He says the argument has always been transportation, but Timmins isn’t in a unique situation in terms of location. When you look at different cities across Ontario, Northern Quebec, or even Northern Manitoba, they are in the same scenario as us. However, we consistently pay 10 to 20 per cent more at the pumps.

Black says it’s critical we understand why the rest of the province, no matter how far the gas tankers have to drive, or other provinces adjacent to us, get that 10 to 20 per cent discount. Here in Timmins, and all along the Highway 11 corridor, Black says we seem to be on our own. The high prices not only affect residents in their day to day life, but also affects businesses as their costs in the area are that much higher.

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