Burnaby MP Stewart says Conservative policies driving up gas prices

Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart -
Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart
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A Burnaby MP says Conservative government policy is driving up gas prices in Metro Vancouver.

Burnaby-Douglas New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart says the Tories recently allowed Kinder Morgan to sell more of the crude oil delivered through its Trans Mountain pipeline to foreign companies. That's brought in more bids from overseas and driven up costs for the Chevron refinery in Burnaby.

“Higher oil prices for Chevron mean higher gas prices for us.”

Stewart said Metro Vancouver residents can expect even higher gas prices if the Harper Government allows the Chevron refinery to close. A number of refineries across Canada are also in danger of closing, including Imperial Oil’s Dartmouth refinery.

“Kinder Morgan has formally proposed to build a giant new Alberta-Burnaby oil pipeline, and the immense global competition for limited supply means domestic industries will be prohibitively outbid. It would be the final nail in the Chevron refinery’s coffin. The Conservatives could stop the expansion, but have forgotten about British Columbia in their rush to ship crude oil offshore.”

The public will have its first chance to participate in the pipeline expansion decision-making process this summer when Kinder Morgan applies to the National Energy Board for changes to its commercial tolling.

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