Monday, March 20, 2006

We'll Scream it Until We're Blue in the Face


CUT GAS TAXES!

The new government can cut gasoline taxes in three major ways:

1. Scrap the deficit elimination tax. The deficit has been eliminated. (savings: 1.5 cents)

2. End the GST tax on tax bite. (savings: 1.5 cents)

3. Bring gas taxes in line with roadway spending. (savings: 2 cents)

TOTAL SAVINGS: 5 cents per litre. Everytime we fill up.

And...sign our petition here.

21 comments:

leftdog said...

And the rest of us who understand how the oil industry is STEALING from us at the gas pumps well, We'll Scream it Until We're Blue in the Face....

CUT GAS PROFIT GOUGING!

Brian C said...

5 cents per liter. The oil companies will hike it back up the next holiday weekend and we'll still be paying the same. I hate taxes as much as the next guy but I'd rather give my nickel to the govt. and work on trying to get them to spend it properly.

Adam Taylor said...

Yes, always better to give your money to the government - they spend so wisely those folks.

With or without tax relief, the pump price will always fluctuate with supply and demand.

But... if gas taxes were cut by 5 cents, if the price hit 90 cents a litre you woudl know that you'd be paying 95 cents without the tax cut. If it went up to $1, then you would have paid $1.05.

Those pennies add up quickly.

David MacLean said...

It's not even true. I am in Saskatchewan and every time I drive to Alberta, what's the price difference? Alberta prices are always 5-8 cents lower -- the approximate difference between the Saskatchewan levy (15 cents) and the alberta levy (9 cents).

YYC said...

"Gas Profit Gouging"
According to MJ Ervin & Associates (2004) retailer profit only accounts for 2% of gasoline prices. What gouging?

Adam Taylor said...

Exactly YYC.

Sure, there is a profit margin for gas companies. But competition is rampant among gas stations and anyone who suggests otherwise either a) doesn't drive/compare, or b) has his or her mind made up and refuse to come out of the cave.

If gas taxes were cut by 5 cents per litre and Esso hiked gas prices 5 cents, yet Shell didn't - people would line up to buy at Shell.

Gas is the only commodity that people will go to the other guy to save fractions of a penny. Imagine you could save 5 whole pennies from the guy down the street!

Gas companies go to great lengths to show consumers the tax component and you can be sure they would pass the savings on to consumers in the event of a reduction in the tax portion.

The consumption debate was disproven in the 1970s and its merits have gone the way of disco.

People need gas for their cars. Gassing up the family station wagon to drive Jimmy to hockey and Lucy to ballet will not change drastically in the next few years.

A reduction is gas taxes would help everyone. Tax on Tax is unfair as is maintaining a 1.5 cent deficit elimination tax 8 years after the deficit has been eliminated.

Damn, gas taxes is a sexy topic!

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Why don't the gas stations quit gouging us with high prices? Why is gas so much cheaper in Moose jaw than Regina?

David MacLean said...

Why are Kiwi fruits so expensive in Canada, yet they are so cheap in New Zealand? Supply and demand.

Pierrot said...

With all the technologies available to us... why do we still use gas??

David MacLean said...

Sure, lets get off the fossil fuels -- but don't let the government get their hands on it.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

It's a known fact we get gouged here in Regina. We have for years. It has nothing to do with supply and demand. Super Dave you are mistaken on that fact.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Why don't the oil companies cut into their profits? We can't pay for services as it is and you want to cut taxes? The oil companies help no one but them and the big shareholders. I'd tax all SUV's and large 1/2 tons that use too much gas. I do believe this is done in the States somewhat.

David MacLean said...

We're barely able to pay the bills? The government is rolling in money...revenues are higher now than ever.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Yes we're swimming in cash. Sounds like Grant Devine is back. We have a few hunded million in surplus. And everyone wants a piece of the action. I hope the gov't is careful about where it cuts and handsout the dole.

Anonymous said...

I think we need to get back to giving some money to the farmers every year. The GRIP program was wonderful because all I really had to do back in the '80's was just sign up for the GRIP and everything else here on the farm just sort of took care of itself. I am glad to hear the Saskatchewan party MLA Bob Bjornrud is indicating that they will bring back a kind of GRIP. We need it bad. We need cheques again for the farmers. The government wastes lots of money that they shold give to us farmers again. Don't people want food? Well, the government better figure it out and see that we need all the money we can get again. Just like form Devine which was good to farmers.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Ya give it to the greedy farmers. They need to be good corporate welfare recipients. Just like the Rev.Devine days. Open the cheque book taxpayers. Afterall we don't want to piss off the poooooooooor farmers. I'm suprised more of you aren't on welfare. I wish the rest of us were so hard up.I'm sure the Sask Party which is composed of mostly farmers would subsidize themselves. Just like the 80's. We're in the money. Go into debt so 60,000 farmers can thumb their noses at us rich city folks who write them a cheque. We actually pay taxes to pay for "grip". You farmers don't pay for it. You might as well call you the other public servants. What a croc of baloney. We pay for Grip and the farmers don't even thank us they just holler for more. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You knock civil servants but accept gov't handouts.Then you have the gonnads to call yourselves "Independant Buisness People".B.S.

tommy douglas said...

STF -- are you talking to yourself? If not, you really don't have a keen eye for sarcasm.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

I just had to vent.

David MacLean said...

Hey no problem STF. That's what we're for.

Anonymous said...

Forget cutting the taxes on petrol. Put the money into actually fixing the roads instead of leaving the roads and infrastructure to disintegrate in this country.

If anything, petrol taxes should be higher to encourage energy efficiency, with personal income taxes reduced to provide higher levels of disposible income. Such practice would help to improve the standard of living for all Canadians.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

I agree. Fix roads,maybe turn some rural highways back to grid roads. We can't afford to pave them all. The Semis farmers now use are wrecking the roads in rural Sask. They weren't designed for semis.

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