Price gouging, taxes start of a dark road

Working people are getting left behind as governments and big companies keep taking more out of their pockets.

Editor: I drove to the Chevron station at the 10483 152 Street in Surrey, and purchased gas at $1.449 per litre.

I drove to Walnut Grove past the Chevron at 20522 88 Avenue, which was no more than 10 minutes away. Yes, both charge the creative transit levy.

The Langley station was selling the same grade of fuel for $1.329. This occurred on a Tuesday (June 18).

Of course, this happens every other day of the week. It’s only a matter of time before gasoline companies will be brought out into the light for the outright deception being forced on regular taxpaying Canadians — the easy targets for companies. These companies are enabled by politicians without will or backbone to confront the issue.

Our politicians, no matter what party, unfortunately stand idly by while this happens.

The same is true for prescription pricing. I have found as much as 30 per cent difference in pricing in the same community at different pharmacies, for the same branded item. This could have something to do with the fact that this provides a lot of revenue, no matter what the consequences to the people they are supposed to represent.

I am copying every politician I can think of with these comments. Starting now, I am going to work diligently to get these things changed. So my advice to company executives is take your bonuses while you can, because gouging will come to an end.

And a note to any politician that has the heart to actually read this. I did a quick calculation and basically found that with the different levies, license fees, carbon tax (what a joke) increase, bridge tolls (going up on the Golden Ears,) whether it be federal or provincial or local government, they have effectively taken $250 more after-tax dollars from us in the last three years.

They all feed from the same pocket. Has any average Canadian stopped and looked at what this means to the many millions who work for minimum wage or are retired on a small fixed income?

I am not worried about refugees and such, as we all know they get far more assistance than our own retired citizens.

We are going down a dark road. Do we really want to end up like so many other countries, which are rapidly descending into what will become massive civil  unrest?

You may think it could not happen here. You had better take a look at the experiences from other countries closely, and wake up to reality.

Philip Taylor,

Langley

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