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Gas & Power Pricing costs need to be offset by government

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The majority of Canadians are still struggling from the economic issues caused by the past two years with lockdowns and restrictions seeing many families and businesses barely able get by. In many cases jobs and businesses were lost entirely.

Now that things have opened up and we are working towards rebuilding our economy the last thing we need is to see inflation of things like gasoline to an all time high. This prevents people from being able to afford to drive to work, to go on vacation, and to commute for any reason. Not being able to do these things will further impact our economy.

While cost of living and other things have increased this is affects all Canadians ability to move around. Gas prices have gone up but wages and hours of work have stayed the same or decreased for many.

Canada is one of the top countries on the list of gas and oil producing countries. While understandably the current situation in Ukraine and Russia, low dollar and other factors have created issues the government of Canada needs to find a way to balance the increased costs so that Canadians do not find themselves in a long and difficult economic recession.

Carbon tax added at pumps, provincial taxes, inflation and little to no increase in wages and income means this is a very real potential future that will have devastating impacts on many Canadians!

Increases in power prices as well means families are making cuts on other necessities in order to pay for power. With clean energy on the rise, solar and wind power use being increased in many areas Canadians should be seeing some relief instead they are seeing bills creeping higher and higher to the point that they are becoming unaffordable to everyday working people. Energy efficient heating/cooling, energy efficient appliances, home renovations, etc. have also been implemented by most Canadians if they can afford it and yet the cost of energy continues to increase.

Continuing to assume Canadians can afford to keep up with these increases without any assistance to increase income or offset the costs is irresponsible leadership to say the least.

We are calling on the provincial and federal government to start looking for ways to balance these increases so people can afford all of the everyday necessities as we work towards rebuilding our economy.

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