Brampton drivers have enjoyed relatively low prices at the pumps since early December, and according to local MPPs, they should thank the Ford government.
Earlier this week Brampton MPPs tweeted that by eliminating the carbon tax, the Ford government lowered gas prices and in effect had delivered on its promise.
Last week Ford tweeted “Gas prices across Ontario are lower today in large part because we scrapped the carbon tax! Our government will always work to keep more money in your pocket.”
Gas prices across Ontario are lower today in large part because we scrapped the carbon tax! Our government will always work to keep more money in your pocket. https://t.co/ZYO2QSENc8
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) December 27, 2018
Brampton South MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria echoed similar sentiments tweeting, “We scrapped the carbon tax to provide relief to Ontario drivers and to put more money back in their pocket.”
Thank you to my #BramptonSouth constituents for sending me pictures of these amazing gas prices.
— Prabmeet Sarkaria (@PrabSarkaria) November 29, 2018
Dozens of other PC MPPs have since jumped on the bandwagon to claim the Ford government should be credited for the lower prices, but just as quickly critics have jumped into the fray, saying Ford is misleading the public, and that the lower prices have to do with factors he doesn’t control.
According to GasBuddy the record low prices have to do with the plummeting cost of crude, which has dropped across the globe. This has contributed to a price drop across Canada, not just Ontario.
Sarkaria’s tweet has hundreds of comments, almost all of them disputing the Ford government’s claim.
One Twitter user put together a chart to show it isn’t just Ontario that’s seeing lower prices at the pump. Since June all the provinces and territories across the country have seen price drops.
— Gil Meslin (@g_meslin) December 28, 2018
Not only that, but Ontario isn’t even among the top biggest price drops in the country. Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have all seen larger price drops.
In late November the price of crude took a nosedive, as there was too much supply across the global market, and it led to a drastic drop in gas prices.
During the election Ford promised a 10-cent drop in gas, and while he and his MPPs may be taking credit for the prices at the pump, they may change their tune in 2019.
Experts say that this year prices are expected to skyrocket again. Analysts told CTV News that the Canada could see prices as high as they were back in 2014 because of carbon taxes.
A senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy says that 2019 will be a volatile year and that prices will “rebound sharply.” He also warns that Canadians should take advantage now of prices, because they won’t last.