The title explains it all. There is NO excuse for gasoline to be $ 1.43 per liter or $6.50Cdn /gallon in Canada. In Toronto-- in 1970 gasoline was 0.37 a gallon. That was 40 years ago, but gasoline today is made by the same process, the same equipment.
We all know the price of crude oil is artificially set by OPEC. Why does the Canadian oil industry have to follow the dictum of OPEC? The SAD fact is, Canada could have a "made in Canada" oil price, but internationally based petroleum corporations see it as an opportunity to gouge unfair profit from the consumer, and the government, collecting ever more tax from the consumer in the process, does NOTHING about it.
Enough is enough. It is time for the majority government of Canada to 'bravely' admit what the problem is, and put an end to the gouging and over-taxation of gasoline.
IN Venezuela today, the price of gasoline is --imagine that---approximately 0.37 per gallon.
Even self-righteous ideological political critics of the "Chavez" government in Venezuela will choke in indignation, if they are honest, having to admit there is no excuse for $6.13 MORE for a gallon of gasoline in Canada, a large oil-producing nation, than is charged today in Venezuela, a small oil-producing nation.
Petroleum companies in North America, meanwhile, have published almost unheard of profit levels --billions of dollars over the same period last year-- unfairly gouged from everyday people.
Let us listen carefully to the objections and sputtering about "political differences" as being the excuse.
Like it or not, "Political ideology" must be recognized for what it is--an invention of those that benefit most from it. Fascism, communism, capitalism, dictatorship-anarchy--all benefit the creators and those in power using those ideologically and imperfect systems. Better and more fair systems CAN be created. Why?
Even the creators of "purist capitalism" surely must come to the realization that there are LIMITS to the amount of money that can be gouged and siphoned from everyday people that wish ONLY to survive and be treated fairly.
It is inexplicable and extreme gouging that ANGERS the consumer, NOT the concept of a "fair price and fair profit for a good product".
All North Americans should be aware that it is equally the ABUSE of ANY political system that is the driving force of political ideological change. At this time, in the petroleum industry, "capitalist extremism " and endless greed has clearly grown out of control.
As the petroleum industry is being operating today, it must cross the minds of government, the consumer AND the political critic that NATIONALIZATION of the petroleum industry is an idea whose time has clearly come, ideological "travesty" or not. It is called necessary "change"--for the better.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.