The Conservatives promised in 2004 to limit the GST collected on gasoline once prices exceeded 85 cents per litre. What happened?
Well, following the election in 2006, Prime Minister Harper said that that was two elections ago, and added that that promise has been supplanted by the general one-point GST cut included in the Tories' first budget. However, Harper also conceded his GST cut would only make a marginal difference to Canadian motorists.
Yesterday, as reported by the Toronto Star, when asked whether he thought soaring costs at the pump were price gouging, Harper responded, “It certainly appears that way to me.
“I've learned not to make policy on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “We will be making some announcements on this issue a little later.”
Certainly coming out with a sound, made-in-Canada, policy on retail gasoline, which has been an important issue since 2004, could not be considered as making “policy on a day-to-day basis.”
Elizabeth May accused Canadians as being stupid, does Mr. Harper share her view? Sometime I wonder.
If the prime minister has something to say on gasoline pricing, we want to hear about it now, not “a little later.” And let's hope that, if he makes another promise on this issue, he will keep that promise—unlike in 2004.
I am a Conservative supporter, but I am also a Canadian citizen who is fed up with politicians saying one thing and doing another!