Nationwide pain at the pump

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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For the last month — and more — Moose Javians have been complaining about our city’s abundance of infrastructure issues.

Gas prices in Moose Jaw

With winter complete — knock on wood — those complaints have switched to the recent spike in gas prices. It’s not just in Moose Jaw people are feeling pinched at the pumps. It’s not only Saskatchewan residents who are being forced to fork out more money for full tanks of gas.

Pain at the pumps is being felt across the country.

According to, the costliest place to fill up was 151.7 in Vancouver. Montreal followed closely at 151.4.

To be fair, here in Saskatchewan, we have some of the lowest gas prices in the country. Bigger cities like Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg are the only ones with lower gas prices than Regina and Saskatoon.

That, however, is little consolation to consumers who will be guzzling gas like crazy as spring turns into summer and road trips become more commonplace. So why are gas prices so high?

Many people believe big oil companies are to blame for the gas price gouging, but that isn’t necessarily accurate.

The price of a barrel of crude oil is the telling factor that determines the prices we pay at the pumps.

One year ago a barrel of crude oil cost just under $94. On Thursday, that figure had jumped north of $112, which translates into an increase of nearly 20 per cent.

It all translates into gas prices reaching a three-year high in some parts of the Great White North.

It’s only April, so it’s fair to expect gas prices to continue to climb even higher through the proverbial roof.

We’d be surprised if gas prices in the Friendly City don’t approach the $1.50 per litre barrier at some point during the summer months.

On Thursday they were fixed between 125.9 and 133.9. With higher gas prices, more Moose Javians might opt for other modes of transportation, such as buses and bicycles to get from point A to point B in the city.

Not only would that save you some cash, but it would also be an aid to the environment.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Vancouver Montreal Edmonton Calgary Winnipeg Regina Saskatoon Friendly

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