Gas fraud soars; Alberta Premier shoots herself in the foot
Gas fraud soars: Time to take back the monopoly
January 30, 2018
CTV News is reporting that “Gas prices have spiked in parts of Western Canada this week, with some stations in Metro Vancouver charging $1.46 per litre on Friday. Soaring prices stunned commuters and analysts, leaving the latter confused over the timing of the spike.”
There is nothing shocking about the fraud spike. Corporate monopolies are never a good thing. They will charge consumers whatever the market can take. CBC is reporting that “Vancouver has traditionally been subject to the highest prices for gasoline anywhere in North America and this certainly is the case today,” said gas price analyst Dan McTeague.
It’s like the price of hockey tickets in Canada compared to the US. It’s the same hockey league. They charge more here simply because they can. Many years ago, when John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil used hostile takeovers to obtain a monopoly on the oil industry in the US, the Supreme Court cited antitrust laws and deemed that monopoly illegal. Times have changed. Now dirty politicians line their pockets with campaign contributions and say corporate monopolies are good. No they are not. They destroy the free market and the democratic system.
Corporate monopolies are also bad in the news industry because they destroy the freedom of the press. Today the Post Media News monopoly was working overtime on the propaganda in more ways than one. They cited one “analyst” and said we just have to get used to the spike in gas prices, trying to brainwash us into submission. No we do not. We could do what Norway did and nationalize our oil. That would make sense. The only time a corporate monopoly is good is when the consumers are shareholders in that monopoly. What we have now is NOT a free market.
Allowing the oil companies to form a monopoly was bad enough. Giving that monopoly to Communist China was even worse. It’s time to stop the fraud and take back the monopoly once and for all just like Norway did. That would be in consumers’ and taxpayers’ best interest.
Posted by Dennis Watson
Surprisingly (to me anyway), I find myself agreeing with you about nationalization of Canada’s oil, but only as a way of neutralizing the treasonous sale of the rights to that and other natural resources to China. I guarantee you the politicians who made that happen got paid, but if I know the Chinese (and I do), they got sold for cheap.
A better alternative might be a government mandated fixed price at the pump. This would encourage efficiency on the part of the oil companies to be able to maximize their profits while having to sell at a certain price.
Nationalization is not necessarily a cure-all; witness the third-world countries where the government just loots that industry directly. What would stop people like Harper from selling a part of the national oil company directly as stock, such as Campbell did with BC Hydro? You have to realize, there is no EFFECTIVE medium at present for controlling scumbag politicians bent on taking as much as they can; THEY have their hands on the reins of power more directly than the electorate. Cause trouble and they’ll send the RCMP after you to protect themselves, and the RCMP will happily do their bidding in exchange for “we can do whatever we want”. The citizenry outnumber the state enforcers thousands to one, but they have been disarmed and brainwashed over decades not to ever even consider holding some treasonous scumbag politician like Campbell directly accountable. Indirectly, they stall, obfuscate, lie, and in the end their “committee” finds no wrongdoing, and the band plays on….
I promise you that if bad things happened to bad politicians, “pour encourager les autres”, those left would suddenly rediscover their duty to behave themselves. There is a reason that “making an example” is such a time-honored (but not recently) tradition: it’s because it works. But that’s not the modern Canadian way, and so as I said, the band plays on.
Where’s the Committee for Aesthetic Deletion when you really need them? 😉
It’s time for a national enquiry into fuel price fixing. In the meantime, Canadians need to start a fuel price protest group which would consist of a serious and sustained revolving boycott of the gas retailers. Monday’s could be Chevron, Tuesdays Shell, Wednesdays Petroleum Canada etc. I guarantee that missing revenue for a day would get the industry’s attention. Or we can just sit back on the couch with a doobie and a beer and take it all in just as they expect us to do! No wonder why we pay more than the rest of Canada.
Ah yes, the sudden increase in the price of gas. It’s $1.30 or $1.33 per litre over on Vancouver Island. The day before $1.23 per litre.
For every dollar which goes into the pockets of oil companies, it’s a dollar not spent in local economies. They could pass a regulation requiring gas companies to give two weeks’ notice of price increases at least.
Of course it’s a monopoly. That is not going to change. Trudeau Sr. tried it with Petro Canada and we know how that turned out. They still talk about it in Alberta.
We don’t have to get used to it. We produce the stuff. We ought to have our own refineries so Canada can control the price. Right now, too much money is leaving the country and there is too much outside control. Foreign ownership of our natural resources needs to be eliminated. It won’t end well for Canadians if that continues. All that tar being sent by pipeline through B.C. and then refined elsewhere. Hell, we wind up buying it back one way or another. Not good practices for the people of this country. If we kept it for our own use, we wouldn’t have to worry about fouling our coastline because of tanker spills.
Alberta Premier shoots herself in the foot
February 9, 2018
Well, this is sadly unfortunate. I was going to sit this one out but the Alberta Premier’s folly has forced me to weigh in and declare all bets are off. Justin Trudeau came to Vancouver Island to face the environmental opposition to a second pipeline in BC head-on. At that time, I thought the environmentalists were being petty and that twinning an existing pipeline was better than cutting a new pipeline through an old-growth forest. I felt it represented a fair compromise.
A restaurant owner in Alberta said they were going to boycott BC wine because the BC government has expressed concerns about the volume of toxic oil sand bitumen that travels through BC. That was pretty petty and childish but I chose to ignore it because it was just one restaurant owner. Having worked in that industry, I know very well that there is a slim profit margin after food cost and labour costs. That industry benefits from tourism. Do you think I will ever eat at that restaurant now? Not a snowball’s chance in hell. Now that the Alberta Premier is foolish enough to repeat that pledge, I am now forced to weigh in.
The Vancouver Sun is reporting that “Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the agency of her government that is the provincial wholesaler of alcohol will stop buying B.C. wine.” AYFKM? What a stupid child. Do you think you are some kind of trade union that will bring us to our knees by going on strike? You are delusional. That is not how things work in the real world.
Trade agreements are built upon mutual respect. No one likes arrogant entitlement. This is our home. We have a right to protect it. What does Alberta have to attract tourism? The oil sands. Come and see our toxic cesspool everyone. It’s a great place to visit. Not. We have pristine oceans and forests that we want to protect. Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta, is wonderful. The people there respect the environment because they live in a paradise like we do, as opposed to a toxic dump.
BC Premier John Horgan has every right to express a concern about the amount of bitumen that passes through BC because it isn’t just oil, it is toxic oil sand sludge that requires a significant amount of refining. Refining Alberta tar sands bitumen produces petroleum coke as a byproduct. This created a mountain of toxic waste in Detroit, which I previously reported on.
The Guardian reported that “It was the dirty secret of Alberta’s tar sands – until the black mountain of petroleum coke on the banks of the Detroit River grew to occupy an entire city block three storeys high.” Any responsible human being needs to discuss what we are going to do with that toxic byproduct.
When the Premier of Alberta stomps her feet like a spoilt child demanding entitlement, I say negotiations are over. I was on your side but you just lost my support. All bets are off. You lost the Northern Gateway project and now you just lost this one too. Now you will have to build your tar sands pipeline out east. We don’t want it anymore. Go f*ck yourself. No really. Take your petroleum coke and cram it up your a*s. This deal is dead in the water.
Chicago had the same problem Detroit did. Huge mountains of petroleum coke left over from refining dirty Alberta tar sands bitumen. They succeeded in getting rid of the petcoke mountains by shipping it to India. Only India doesn’t want it any more either because it is even more toxic than coal. Now Alberta wants to cram it on us, claiming we do not have a right to express concerns. Yes we do. Just like everyone else has.
Quebec activists buy up B.C. wine in solidarity with the West Coast. Quebec has twice the population that Alberta does. It is a much larger market for BC wine. Je me souviens.
CTV is reporting that “An organic chardonnay icewine bottled in Kelowna, B.C. came in first in an international competition hosted in France. Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s 2014 vintage beat out more than 700 entries for its spot at the top of the list, and was the only Canadian product in the competition’s top 10. The majority of the other bottles in the Chardonnay du Monde’s top 10 were from France, though second place went to a bottle from Spain, third was South African and fourth was Austrian.” France is the centre of the world when it comes to wine. However, BC puts out some affordable credible wines. The Wines of British Columbia.