Because places like Northern Ontario and Newfoundland demand gas much more than places like Alberta and GTA, and the oil comes from places like the GTA anyway, so it's only natural that it's cheaper there.
The honest reason is probably shipping. Newfoundland and the Terrs. are really hard to get to with gas, even remote places in Ontario are only accessable by ice road in winter, so gas is very expensive. In some places of Nunavut a can of pop will cost a few bucks, while in TBay we can get one for 12 cents at walmart. It's location. It costs money and gas to get gas to places where it can be sold for money.
The rest is just cold hearted gouging. It's about 120c/L here.
You have to remember that the trans-Canada oil pipeline starts in Alberta and goes down and ends just outside of Sarnia. Those two provinces have the easiest access to oil as a result, and it's cheaper to truck it down to the GTA from there. When you have to drive it off to a place like Newfoundland or Nunavut the cost of a driver and a truck goes up like crazy becayse getting inter-provincial truck drivers who are certified to drive a gas trucks is high, and they know right now they can hold out so they can make the big bucks. Also, there are more refineries in Alberta and Ontario to conver the pertoleum into useable gas so as a result the cost also goes down.
I don't really understand how Newfoundland still gets the high prices despite having a lot of gas but it's probably because they lack the refinerys so they have to ship it off to Ontario/Quebec and then bring it back.
'When you have to drive it off to a place like Newfoundland or Nunavut the cost of a driver and a truck goes up like crazy becayse getting inter-provincial truck drivers who are certified to drive a gas trucks is high, and they know right now they can hold out so they can make the big bucks.'
The fact that Nunavut doesn't have highways also adds to the cost.
If people don't drive less, they have no right to complain. Think of it this way, high gas prices help encourage use of public transit and may help drive innovation and alternative fuels. Even if you disagree ideologically (and I identify as centre-right economically) then you should at least be able to agree as an urbanist.
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