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New Democrats demand immediate relief from gas prices for Northerners

Northern Ontario NDP MPPs aren’t waiting for the provincial election campaign to promote solutions to high energy prices – especially gasoline.

On Opposition Day in the legislature next week, they’ll demand a $200.00 rebate for every northern household.

Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says $200.00 is equivalent to what the latest budget promised in a gas tax rebate six months from now.

“It’s not the permanent solution. I’d just like to say that. It would be an immediate measure to help Northerners now.”

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In a joint Zoom news conference this morning, Northern New Democrats accused the Ford government of not delivering on promises to  improve transportation options and lower gas prices.

Muskegowuk-James Bay MPP Guy Bourgoin says he filled up in downtown Toronto yesterday at $1.66 a litre and drove to Kapuskasing, where it’s $1.91.

“This is ridiculous,” he insists. “We shouldn’t be paying these type of prices. You’ve heard many times if we pay for a case of beer the same, why can’t we do it for gas?”

The MPPs noted the lack of transportation options in the North, making it necessary to drive to work, grocery shopping and to medical appointments.

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