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Drivers being ripped off by faulty gas pumps: NDP

THE THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE-JOURNAL
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BURNABY, B.C. - The NDP says Canadians are being gouged by faulty gas pumps that overstate the amount of gas drivers are getting and overcharge them.

The party says Canadians may be paying up to $20 million a year for what it calls "phantom gas".

MP's Peter Julian and Brian Masse were in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday to launch a petition demanding the federal government take action to ensure gas pumps are displaying accurate information.

Julian says the Conservatives announced a plan to inspect gas pumps three years ago but nothing has happened and consumers are being ripped off every day.

Masse wants oil and gas companies to pay for the establishment of an independent gas ombudsman's office to monitor the issue.

He says if the companies won't provide the money, Ottawa should decrease their subsidies and tax breaks. (The Canadian Press,News1130)


   

WATERLOO REGION RECORD (FIRST)
NEWS, Page: A3

IN BRIEF

Record news services

BURNABY, B.C.

NDP says consumers gouged by gas pumps

The NDP says Canadians are being gouged by faulty gas pumps that overstate the amount of gas drivers are getting and overcharge them. The party says Canadians may be paying up to $20 million a year for what it calls "phantom gas." MP's Peter Julian and Brian Masse were in Burnaby, B.C. on Tuesday to launch a petition demanding the federal government take action to ensure gas pumps are displaying accurate information. Julian says the Conservatives announced a plan to inspect gas pumps three years ago, but nothing has happened.


   

THE PROVINCE (FINAL)
NEWS, Page: A15

Erring gas pumps cost us millions

Mike Raptis, The Province

Consumers need protection from erring pumps that shortchange Canadians an average of $20 million in undispensed fuel annually, NDP MPs Peter Julian and Brian Masse said Tuesday in Burnaby.

They're calling it "phantom gas" - gasoline the pump is telling you is in your tank, but your fuel tank begs to differ.

Launching a national campaign called The Price is Wrong - Fix it Now, the NDP are targeting the Conservative government for not doing enough to stop gas overcharging.

According to Masse, the total value of the fuel undispensed since 1999 is $240 million. And he wants it back.

"[The oil and gas] industry should be forthcoming in returning those funds," Masse, NDP gas-price critic, said Tuesday. "But if they're not, right now as it stands, there is over $1 billion annually in cost subsidies that this industry gets from the government in tax writeoffs, incentives and a series of different measures."

Masse says the government can introduce legislation to reduce those subsidies until the industry, and the gas pumps, are fixed.

The federal government and Measurement Canada acknowledge the gas-pump discrepancies.

Bill C-14, called the Fairness at the Pumps bill, passed in March and is intended to increase yearly gas-pump inspections to 65,000 from 9,000.

An Ottawa Citizen investigation in 2008 revealed measurement errors in five per cent of pumps tested.

In all, 75 per cent of pumps showing errors gave out less gas, not more.