Letter: Politicians should explain why Kelowna gas prices higher than rest of province

…it is long past time our government should start standing up for the people they represent and end this crime.

To the editor:

Bravo to the open letter to our MP and MLA of Kelowna. (Why Is the Price of Kelowna Gas Among the Highest in the Country?, Oct 2 Kelowna Capital News.) We in Kelowna are being gouged to the extreme when it comes to gasoline prices.

We recently returned from a road trip around central and southern B.C.—the gas prices in Merritt, Kamloops, Barriere, Clearwater, Abbotsford and Vancouver were all less than Kelowna. Prices ranged from $.98 to $1.09 and in Vancouver ($1.14), where they pay a $.13 transit tax, was less than here.

Also the refineries are making more profits than ever (especially from Kelowna drivers), with oil prices down and gas prices soaring.

The gas companies are acting irresponsibly and obviously are in need of government regulation at every level—it is long past time our government should start standing up for the people they represent and end this crime.

I believe our so called leaders and representatives need to hear from more of us.

L. Allen, Kelowna