Beck calls for gas tax break in time for summer road trip season

REGINA - Today, Saskatchewan NDP Leader Carla Beck called on Premier Scott Moe to give families a summer break and suspend the provincial gas tax ahead of road trip season. 

“Families who used to be able to afford vacations are living paycheque to paycheque, pinching pennies just to get by,” said Beck. “Everyone from Manitoba's NDP Premier Wab Kinew to federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre wants the gas tax suspended. This is a common-sense solution that Premier Moe could implement today with the stroke of a pen.”

The Sask. Party government levies a 15 cent per litre tax on gas and diesel. Suspending the tax for six months would save families approximately $356.

Provincial governments in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador have already delivered gas tax relief, and federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre called for a pause to the gas tax last week. 

“I think this is a question of fairness,” said Beck. “It's plain wrong for this Premier to make families pay for his million-dollar trip to Dubai while many can’t even afford the drive to Lake Diefenbaker. After 17 years, this government has lost touch with the challenges facing working families. It’s time for a change.”

During the last legislative session, Scott Moe’s Sask. Party voted unanimously against gas tax relief. 

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