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Friday, May 18, 2018

Local Candidates React To Ford Gas Promise

Owen Sound | by Vanessa Culbert  

From welcome news to skepticism, a few Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound candidates weigh in.

Doug Ford says if elected he would reduce gas prices by ten cents a litre.

The PCs' plan would eliminate the province's Cap and Trade program and reduce the Provincial Fuel Tax.

Local Tory Candidate Bill Walker says this is welcomed news in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Walker says rural Ontarians spend more money on gas as we have very limited public transportation.

Liberal Candidate Francesca Dobbyn says to really bring the gas prices down, we need to understand why they have gone up in the first place.

Dobbyn questions what is Ford going to cut without that tax revenue.

NDP candidate Karen Gventer says the proposal to cut gas tax has no guarantee the companies are not going to raise their prices.

Trillium Party candidate Elizabeth Marshall thinks Ford hasn't really looked at the numbers, saying he's making promises he can't keep and 'fearmongering' by telling people that fuel is going to be $2 a litre.'

Currently, Municipalities receive two cents per litre from the provincial gas tax, and that money is to be used for transit funding.

Consensus Party candidate Janice Kaikkionen, Libertarian Jay Miller, Green Party candidate Don Marshall, and Alliance candidate Enos Martin could not be reached yesterday for comment.

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