Provincial regulator will hear arguments on setting price based on proximity to New Brunswick
URB in town today
URB in town today
URB in town today
Where's Rob Small on this one? Hey Rob, how come you're not going to a big press conference with Murray to protest this?
Oh yah, that's right! You're the mayor of AMHERST, NOT Springhill. Glad we cleared that one up.
The UARB's decision on this better be swift, we've been waiting long enough.
If the board knew what was good for it, and it didn't want to have another hearing on this in a few months, they would simply include Springhill in the same pricing zone as Amherst.
I'll be glad when this all comes out in the wash, that way the doomsayers will finally understand it, and we can stop bleeding money to NB!
Murray says: * If this government is serious about reducing tax on gas...*
This problem started in 2006! Murray's party ignored it! They ignored it even more when there was no member in the government caucus. Guess what Murray, it's not being ignored anymore!
I was there too DJ, and I was more surprised by Brian than anything. He said that SPRINGHILL COULD BE INCLUDED! Hope other people picked up on that, cuz that's pretty big. besides, it was a hearing, not a stump speech. I like the fact that Brian doesn't use every chance he gets to promote himself, I think it's honourable.
I attended a portion of the URB hearing this morning and I must say I was quite disappointed in the lack of effort put forward by Mr. Skabar in addressing this issue. Brian spoke for less than 5 minutes and did not seem well prepared at all. I would have thought that our MLA would have had a more substantial presentation planned for this as this was a major campaign promise.
I agree with Robert, there is an artificial border with the toll highway. Also I wonder if Mr. Scott is aware that gas is one cent cheaper in Halifax area than it is in our area. Is this the different rate he is talking about? Not exactly a level playing field now is it?
Well Golly Gee..... I'm not sure this has ever happened before....I agree with Moriarity and I agree with Robert as well. Those opposed to this relief plan had better come to the realization that NO PREMIER is going to GIVE UP a gas tax winfall across the ENTIRE province let alone the cigarette tax bonanza. He may however - to appease the lowly bluenoser votes up here in the NB border area - consider a gas tax reduction for this area. If this is feasable then we had better be happy and take what we we are given.
Sadly however that is not how the Amherst people seem to work. What will happen today is that everyone will try to get their own agenda's in to lower all taxes on the things that people are getting in NB besides gas. When this occurs the review board will be so overwhelmed by the magnitutude of this problem they will have an excuse to go back to Halifax and slink back into their closets so they can review and review and review this entire issue.........whew this could take them at least 3 years before they have to to open their doors again. Just in time for an election!
Personally I actually think we have a good bargining chip for the entire Cumberland Co area to be included in a gas tax reduction since there is a real tolled border just before Truro. PS If this were to happen I bet Murray would then get on the wagon pretty quickly.
Folks there could be something good that comes out of this if we stay focused on Gas. Tackle one problem at a time and win this battle. Remember most war's throughout history were not won with one big battle but with a number of small individual victories.
YES they should reduce gas taxes in the entire province, unfortunately Premier Dexter isn't likely to listen to that. BUT the border you speak of Mr. Scott is not artificial, there are gates on the border and the good people of Cumberland County pay to leave home and pay to return home. ALL of Cumberland County must have the gas taxes reduced. 5,000,000 litres is a lot of gas taxes lost to NB from just Amherst and Springhill.