June 17th, 2019

Why aren’t we mad about the price of gas in Lethbridge?


By Letter to the Editor on June 12, 2019.

I just can’t help wondering why Lethbridge and region gas stations are charging 20 cents ($1.179)+ a litre more for fuel than Calgary, Okotoks, Edmonton, Leduc ($.95.7-97.5) and most of the province.

God knows we get paid less here to do the same jobs as those places, rent and housing is not exactly affordable, and we aren’t saving it at the grocery store either. What is the reason? And why aren’t people screaming mad?

Are these distributors just going to wait till Trudeau enforces a national carbon tax and jack the prices again? The rural divide continues. No voice unless you live in the city. Easy pickings for corporate greed and political fodder.

Raise hell, Lethbridge.

Tammy Teneycke

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4 Responses to “Why aren’t we mad about the price of gas in Lethbridge?”

  1. George McCrea says:

    I believe it is all about the wholesale cost and the delivery zone, yes, delivery of fuel is zoned. For example if a retailer received his last load of fuel at the wholesale cost of say 1.20/litre would it be reasonable to expect that they take a 20-25 cent loss per litre on the fuel provided to them at the wholesale cost of 1.20?? Wait a week or two as these retailers obtain their new loads of fuel at a reduced wholesale cost to see what the retail price will be. Remember wholesale costs in Calgary are cheaper (volume and closeness to refineries and quick turn around fuel consumption, i.e. the retailers run out of fuel faster than our retailers do.

    • phlushie says:

      The problem with this explanation is “As soon as there is a price increase announced, the price at the pumps immediately goes up.” The real reason is to not be accused for “price fixing” even if the “price fixing” is local they can point to another area and say it isn’t.

  2. Fedup Conservative says:

    George has it right, that’s exactly why it’s more. Just be happy your not paying $1.69.9 like they were in Vancouver when were there in May.

  3. biff says:

    first and foremost – oil/gas are a cartel. moreover, even though most of us have a choice as to how much we run our cars, we suckers are willing to pay whatever they demand. we are, however, without choice when it comes to heating our homes – and once again we will have to pay whatever they ask.


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