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BC Gas Prices Still Too High - Especially in Kelowna
Friday, October 17, 2008
So we have been seeing oil prices plummet and as go the oil prices goes the Canadian dollar. Living in Kelowna, BC is tough. The housing market has been over inflated for the past 10 years, the cost of living is expensive and the low wages make it difficult to earn a good living.

Now as gas prices drop across the country and in the province of BC, in Kelowna nothing has changed. We are still paying $1.20 for a litre of gasoline. I was in Calgary last week and the cost to fill up was $20 cheaper than here in Kelowna. (For the record gas was $1.06 in Calgary at that time.) So what gives? Why does Kelowna continue to have high gas prices whn compared to other parts of Canada? It feels like Kelowna drivers are subidising those locations where the gas price are in the low 90 cents range.

Here's an interesting trend over the past year that compares BC gas prices and the price of oil.

Looking at this graph we see that although oil has dropped to below where it was a year ago, the gas prices remain 20% higher in BC. On average, especially in Kelowna we are paying bare minimum 20 cents/litre than we should be. In fact we really should be paying less than a dollar per litre. If we compare this to our neighbors to the south in the US, I heard a report that suggest that by this weekend the average price of gasoline when translated into litres would be about $0.83/litre. That's almost 40 cents cheaper than here in Kelowna.

The gasoline prices are out to lunch here in Kelowna and in British Columbia. Something needs to be done about this. We've all tries to stay away from gas stations on a given day, but I urge people to think about their transportation needs. Consider:
  • Car-pooling
  • Taking Public Transit
  • Walking or biking to school or work
  • Avoid driving as much and fill up less. Hit the fuel companies where it matters most, the pumps.
The consumer should be in control for it's you and I who help these companies earn the billions that they do. The consumer needs to experience a longer term windfall.

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posted by Jody @ Friday, October 17, 2008  
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