EDITORIAL – Don’t expect too much from the gas-price inquiry

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

I’M NOT GETTING MY HOPES UP for the hearings that get underway today on gasoline prices in B.C.

I’ll be surprised if the inquiry doesn’t conclude that gas prices are the result of supply and demand. More importantly, I’ll be shocked if it turns out John Horgan can do a thing about it.

There are those, however, hopeful that it will at least give us some insights into how the oil companies set their prices. If, for examples, it puts to rest, yes or no, the claim that the Trans Mountain pipeline will lower the price at the pump in B.C., maybe it will be worth it.

The whole thing began with Premier Horgan having to look like he was doing something about rising gas prices in Vancouver because, after all, the Lower Mainland is the centre of the universe.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Don’t expect too much from the gas-price inquiry

  1. Remember when the price per litre was in cents (60c) what the price was per barrel ($60).
    When big oil separated the two they’ve been chuckling all the way to the bank since.

  2. I can’t help noticing a whole lot of complains about gas prices and yet everyone drives as if the stuff is free. I live in a neighborhood of forty households. We are the only family walking regularly for other reasons beside walking the dog. Every single neighbor drives, she drives, he drives, multiple times a day every day and none of them drive small vehicles. Some of them drive the two kilometers round-trip to Starbucks for the to-go large disposable cup full of brown water no doubt ordered via the trendy app…because we are so pressed for time! Others follow along, in their large SUV or pick-up truck, their newspaper-delivering kid as he or she walks from door to door.The absurdity of the middle class Canadian lifestyle. I am personally disenchanted with all of that. I am also disenchanted with successive governments fostering the mindless wastefulness and I do not remain hopeful matters will improve.

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