June 04, 2019

As BC gas prices soar, some cross the US border to fill their tanks

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

British Columbians fuelling up in metro-Vancouver are having a rough go of it. By mid-May, it cost slightly over $100CAD to fill up a mid sized sedan. Prices peaked at just over $1.70/L, and stood in stark contrast to the prices advertised just a short drive across the United States border.


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The gas crisis that the BC lower mainland is a result of a couple of factors, the chief one being a supply deficit:

The vast majority of the fuel supply in BC originates from Alberta bitumen, meaning most of the fuel that British Columbians use comes through the Trans-Mountain Pipeline (the one the current NDP Premier is dead set against expanding).

Alongside Premier John Horgan’s staunch opposition to that one solution for the gas crisis, he doubled down in his virtue signalling against Albertan energy by filing a lawsuit. It didn’t fly far however, as the court ruled against Horgan seeking regulation power over pipeline inventory in a 5-0 decision.

Provincial gas taxes coupled with the carbon tax and a plethora of other fees and taxes also add more than $0.50/L to the price at the pump. 

In reaction to these market and government decisions, British Columbians are fleeing the province’s oppressive fuel market for greener pastures. Across the border a gross 70 Canadian cent disparity exists at the pump, saving some Canadians thousands of dollars throughout the year, sending untold capital across the border, never to return.

I spoke to some of them about why they’re making this trek, and who they believe is responsible.

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commented 2019-06-06 13:47:15 -0400
It’s amazing some of those idiots don’t understand why gas is so expensive in BC. They’re probably CBC viewers.
commented 2019-06-06 11:11:25 -0400
DALE WARREN commented 21 hours ago
@ Andrew . . . Electric Cars in winter in the east operate at about 50% efficiency, that means their already limited range is halved. As a recent German study confirms electric vehicles have a much larger “Karbon Footprint” when they arrive at the dealer than a conventional car. Factor in the Price and you can drive your equivalent fuel powered car for Years for free. Electric cars & so-called Green energy are both a Joke ! ! !"

If you’re in BC, your’e not in “the east”. Range does decline somewhat but not so much that they become useless for the sorts of low-mileage drivers that would buy them. Cold battery syndrome is addressed with battery warmers, a concept similar to the block heaters millions of Canadians already use the disparity mostly due the same effects reducing ICE range in winter. Rolling resistance etc. 200km is still useable for most people, who drive about 50km/day on average and often much less. I drive 500km a month.

That recent German study didn’t do a reasonable apples-to-apples comparison. Comparing full lifecycle costs of an EV to the fuel for a diesel one obviously isn’t quite fair, nor are the assumptions they make about battery lifecycle and recycling. They’re about even if your electricity is purely coal-fired, but much better the greener your power gets. In Canada where most of our power is renewably sourced, its’ much better.

If people are complaining about gas prices, and changing their behaviour because of them, that’s a clear sign that the economics are changing. (that’s also why carbon taxes work, incidentally). For now, they’ll jump through hoops to save twenty bucks on gas, but that’s not a long term solution, and a vehicle that you simply plug in when you get home starts looking a lot more appealing – especially with the incentives offered in BC or Quebec, places where EVs make the most sense.
commented 2019-06-05 20:18:43 -0400
Well, well. At least a half of the interviewed Canadians are brainless sheep who doesn’t know who is slowly slaughtering them. I am sure they voted the socialist NDP. No to know that they will be screwing you by taxes they’ve got to be be absolutely brainless or brainwashed, which is the same. Now, they get what they wanted. Hope the evil clown won’t be elected again, however….who knows….
commented 2019-06-05 17:23:25 -0400
“Classic case of govt doesn’t understand that you can’t keep raping the people as they will revolt. "

And, a classic case of hypocrisy, PAUL. The majority of these border-crossers are the very same arseholes who voted for the likes of turdo, May, and the NDP.
commented 2019-06-05 17:09:00 -0400
“Please don’t confuse the stance by Premier Horrible with those of the people of British Columbia. We did not elect this guy. His position is that of the minority. Well over 50% of the people of BC support the pipeline and understand a better economy helps us all. "

I’ll stick with my numbers and my comment, PAUL. In the 2015 federal election 35.2 % of BC’s electorate voted for the Liberals, 25.9 % for the NDP, and 8.2 % for Bucky May. So 69.3 percent of your voters voted for parties that made no secret about supporting carbon taxes and being anti-pipeline.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2015_Canadian_federal_election
commented 2019-06-05 16:22:15 -0400
I wonder how high the price has to go, before the people really get angry and rebel? They really need to take a moment and fully inform themselves about WHO is responsible for the high gas prices. Ultimately we all are responsible for standing by with our hands in our pockets. And continuing to do nothing about the issue other than remove more money from our pockets in submission. Keep voting these people into office and they will keep on making life miserable.
commented 2019-06-05 15:18:18 -0400
K Singh, no argument there however there’s another most important reason the the city continues its painful growth…just go live anywhere east of the mountains as I have, and you’ll quickly realize why this place is in constant growing change. Be patient and put on our seatbelt cause the silent majority has just about enough of the loonie lefties screwing everything up from Ottawa to here, the pendulum is about to swing hard right.
commented 2019-06-05 14:35:33 -0400
The saddest part of all this is the fact that the crude oil used for the gas that you buy in Washington actually comes from Alberta.
commented 2019-06-05 14:35:13 -0400
The Province of BC is run by the inept Horgan and the ex-IPCC komputer modeler Andrew Weaver . . . it is no wonder that the Province is a disaster. The NDP facist & the Greenie marxist are doing much damage to the province. The Citizens like to do this every 2 decades . . . 70s, 90s & today . . . they are obviously not bright enough to learn from Past Failures!
commented 2019-06-05 14:33:02 -0400
@JAMIE MACMASTER Please don’t confuse the stance by Premier Horrible with those of the people of British Columbia. We did not elect this guy. His position is that of the minority. Well over 50% of the people of BC support the pipeline and understand a better economy helps us all.
commented 2019-06-05 14:30:10 -0400
It’s actually been shown that taxes collected in BC for the various purposes (translink, carbon, etc) have dropped the last few years. This is mostly due to the increase in people going south of the border to fill up.

Most people who live south of the Fraser (Surrey, Langley, Delta) gas up in Blaine or Pt Roberts. Almost all take jerry cans. I personally go every two weeks and my last trip to Blaine I witnessed every pump at every station filled and everyone at my island had 1, 2 or even up to 4 jerry cans.

Classic case of govt doesn’t understand that you can’t keep raping the people as they will revolt.
commented 2019-06-05 14:23:36 -0400
@ Andrew . . . Electric Cars in winter in the east operate at about 50% efficiency, that means their already limited range is halved. As a recent German study confirms electric vehicles have a much larger “Karbon Footprint” when they arrive at the dealer than a conventional car. Factor in the Price and you can drive your equivalent fuel powered car for Years for free. Electric cars & so-called Green energy are both a Joke ! ! !
commented 2019-06-05 14:14:36 -0400
Shrug. At any one time in Canada somewhere between 60 and 67 percent of the electorate can be relied upon to vote for Liberals, NDP, or the Greens….and in the Greater Vancouver area, it might top 70 percent.

So I hope their cost per gallon goes up another buck; just to make sure they get what they voted for.
commented 2019-06-05 12:32:41 -0400
A national electrical grid is a good idea, the interconnects help solve a lot of the problems with green energy’s irregular supply. The pipeline is a waste of money. We’re better off encouraging electric vehicles in the eastern half of the country, knock down gasoline demand enough that we can serve what’s left with existing infrastructure. OPEC imports only amount to a tenth of our total usage.
commented 2019-06-05 08:19:40 -0400
Why is it easier to get stuff from the US because of the trade barriers with in our own country. Yes billions in job,s and dollars sent out of this country to buy opec oil.
Why do we need approval for a pipe line and electrical that could run along the trans Canada HWY 1. We already own the right of way. Canada has the third largest oil reserves on the planet. Not to mention all the minerals, coal etc.
It is our government working against Canadians keeping our good from the market.
The job losses and revenue losses are staggering aprox 56 billion a year.
commented 2019-06-05 01:41:19 -0400
Andrew Stephenson how about you go preach to the Al Quds scumbags about Xenophobia!
commented 2019-06-05 01:39:10 -0400
Gas in Alberta just went down now that we do not have an ignorant communist as premier.
commented 2019-06-04 23:28:35 -0400
Buying OPEC Conflict oil also sends untold BILLIONS out of Canada never to return.
commented 2019-06-04 23:00:54 -0400
“Because of idiots like Trudeau,Horgan,and Weaver with their moronic lefty policies we see another clear example of business headed south. In Vancouver this summer I hope gas prices hit $3.00/liter suck on that you socialists!!! "

Would be interesting to see what the Leftard/Green hypocrites will do if the US will make it difficult to border shop because of Trudeau’s machinations.
commented 2019-06-04 22:24:15 -0400
This isn’t a new situation. People used to buy gas in the US when it was 45 cents on our side, though of course back then they hadn’t yet developed their xenophobia and just waved you through so it was a lot simpler.
commented 2019-06-04 22:22:28 -0400
Ha ha. BC Bring Cash. You deserve it. You’re as bad as Britain
commented 2019-06-04 21:14:34 -0400
Old news Keean. The gas prices have dropped down by 5 cents from its peak now.
Nonetheless, majority of British Columians (especially living in the close proximity of US border) go across every other week NOT only to fill their gas tanks but also do their shopping. The difference is at least 30 to 40%. Average gas price in lower mainland 1.65/lt. across the border same gas costs 1.05/lt. Higher gas prices makes every commodity expensive. During the last quarter groceries have gone up by 25%. As a general rule businesses lose when things are expensive, especially when people have alternative to cross the border for shopping.
But make no mistake here the higher gas prices in BC are not only because of the ‘Sin Tax’ (aka Carbon & other federal/provincial taxes) the gas companies/retailers are indulging in price gouging too. E.g. average profit margin per liter in Alberta is 2 cents per liter (in USA it averages to somewhere around 4 to 5 cents per gallon) whereas in BC the profit margin is between 12 to 14 cents per liter. (Not to mention about underpaid employees, mostly international students from india who work 20 hours on minimum wages & then half pay in cash for every hour worked over allowed by the govt.)
Greater Vancouver is a paradox at its best. It does not have any large industries, no corporate headquarters, supports no other big businesses still we’ve the most expensive real estate in the world, the highest tax bracket among developed nations & one of the most congested city traffic in north america. The only thriving businesses here are service industry run by new immigrants and catering to new immigrants.
Well, then what else would you expect form a ‘Hippie’ town??
commented 2019-06-04 19:29:34 -0400
Because of idiots like Trudeau,Horgan,and Weaver with their moronic lefty policies we see another clear example of business headed south. In Vancouver this summer I hope gas prices hit $3.00/liter suck on that you socialists!!!