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SaltWire At present – Wednesday, July 19, 2023 | SaltWire
After Atlantic Premiers started a public letter writing marketing campaign in June calling on Ottawa to “fight the federal gas hike,” Atlantic Canada’s federal cupboard ministers and the premiers appeared extra conciliatory this week following conferences in Moncton.
It stays to be seen if the federal authorities will provide any help to the area after gasoline costs rose in all 4 Atlantic provinces due to new federal clear gas laws.
In an announcement on July 18, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King stated he raised considerations with the federal clear gas laws, which have already brought about a four-cent improve within the value of gasoline in P.E.I.
There was no affirmation that the talks yielded any new concrete motion.
Nonetheless, talking at a press convention after the conferences, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs sounded an optimistic observe.
“The clear gas commonplace alone is impacting Atlantic Canada’s economic system 3 times greater than elsewhere within the nation,” Higgs stated. “We had been inspired, nonetheless, by our federal colleagues’ recognition of this actuality and their obvious willingness to handle this in (a significant) method for all Atlantic Canadians.”
Dominic LeBlanc, federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, additionally appeared extra conciliatory, saying there are “distinctive” affordability challenges in Atlantic Canada.
LeBlanc stated Ottawa has a number of measures in place to return cash to Canadians.
“The burden of those measures must be shared in a method that’s applicable when it comes to these most affected. And that would come with Atlantic Canadians,” LeBlanc stated.
Final yr Atlantic Canada was impacted extra closely than different areas from inflation as a result of excessive variety of households which can be heated with residence heating gas.
“We’re all the time keen on listening to ways in which the nationwide authorities can handle affordability points broadly within the area,” LeBlanc instructed reporters after the conferences. “We’re all the time open to ideas to do issues that may reply to a singular want that exact areas at a specific second might have.”
The Atlantic Premiers say the laws, that are aimed toward decreasing carbon emissions from gas suppliers, seem like having a disproportionate impression within the area.
P.E.I.’s oil and gasoline regulator, the Island Regulatory and Appeals Fee, is within the midst of a evaluation of petroleum margins, which can embrace a evaluation of the clear gas laws. The P.E.I. authorities has chosen to not intervene on this evaluation.
Following a gathering of Canadian Premiers final week, King expressed frustration with discussions with Ottawa over the clear gas laws.
“We really feel there’s a disconnect within the conversations that we’re having on the federal degree,” King instructed reporters on July 12.
King stated the Atlantic Premiers had warned Ottawa that the laws would imply disproportionate value will increase on the pumps for Atlantic Canadians. Federal officers had downplayed the opportunity of value will increase within the area.
“Some bureaucrat or some bureaucratic method in Ottawa is decoding a special method and saying this shouldn’t occur. And now it’s occurred,” King stated.
King raises ferries
A media assertion from King additionally stated he raised the subject of the Wooden Islands, P.E.I. to Caribou, N.S. ferry with federal Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra in the course of the assembly.
Japanese P.E.I. companies have confronted important losses in latest weeks because of a number of breakdowns involving the MV Confederation, which was the only real ferry working between mid-June and early July. One other vessel, the MV Saaremaa 1, didn’t arrive to service the P.E.I.-Nova Scotia crossing till July 9 and didn’t resume service till July 14.
A brand new ferry for the crossing is just not anticipated to be accomplished earlier than 2028.