Canadians deal with high gas prices

Sept. 24, 2005 at 10:41 AM
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TORONTO, Ontario, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Canadian motorists are faced with rising gas prices, sometimes long lines and stations with bone dry storage tanks.

It's a familiar sight these days as gas supplies dwindle partly because of intensive hurricane activity in U.S. oil refining areas.

In Canada, politicians urge calm. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called on consumers not to panic over the specter of higher gas prices.

"I think we've got to be careful not to go over the top here in how we respond to a shared challenge," he told the Toronto Globe and Mail in Kitchener, where he was at a Liberal Party caucus retreat. "It's not in keeping with who we are as a people. I don't think it's helpful if we begin to panic."

McGuinty also said he will ask Prime Minister Paul Martin to consider eliminating the 1.5-cent-a-litre federal tax on gas imposed in the mid-1990s to help eliminate the federal deficit.

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