Mike Battams’ recent letter to the editor questioned local gas prices and I also have pondered these same questions frequently over the past few years. The only logical answer is that the gas companies are gouging us.
They realize that in this area there lives a large number of seniors who don’t like to drive, so keeping the prices high makes up for what they like to call supply and demand.
As for the question of why aren’t our politicians speaking out, what I would like to see is our elected officials, that is mayor and councillors of each jurisdiction, together with the chambers of commerce from Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Port Alberni, collectively write to the gas companies to ask why we are paying more for gas in this area.
I am sure that these higher gas prices are having a negative effect on our local economy and this needs bringing to the attention of the powers that be.