As of posting time, Humboldt is holding the line on gas prices under two dollars per litre, but that’s not the case in other locales, including Saskatoon. There, gas prices have topped out at $2.06 per litre in many outlets. The plus two dollar barrier has the Opposition NDP once again calling for action.
On Wednesday, June 8, Official Opposition Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon and Opposition Critic for Jobs and the Economy Aleana Young, called on the Sask. Party to follow other governments acting on affordability with an immediate cost-of-living rebate to Saskatchewan people.
“The premier dismissed rising gas prices as just ‘a few extra cents’. For many drivers, they’ve seen the cost of filling their tank almost double in the last year,” said Young. “Instead of jet-setting, the Sask. Party needs to start listening to workers, families, farmers, municipalities and small businesses here at home.”
The move follows other organizations such as the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) for action on prices that are radically skewing input costs.
The current retail gas price, which could conceivably rise further according to industry analysts, comes at a time when resource prices are robust, according to the Opposition. This spring, the NDP proposed a windfall profits surcharge, amounting to an extra one percent tacked onto the resource surcharge when oil and potash hit an established high profit margin. The Opposition is renewing that call claiming that other provinces have taken measures to provide some relief at the pumps.
“The price of gas and groceries is going up and the Sask. Party has done nothing,” said Wotherspoon. “Innovation at all levels of government is required to battle the greatest affordability crisis in a generation.”
In its release, the Opposition called on the provincial government to implement a windfall resource surcharge, scrap the upcoming PST increase, and immediately rebate $125 million to Saskatchewan people to help with the rising cost of living.