Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Truth: A drop in gas tax doesn’t mean a drop in the grocery basket, as one PCQ candidate suggested

Truth: A drop in gas tax doesn't mean a drop in the grocery basket, as one PCQ candidate suggested

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In a video broadcast live on Twitter on Tuesday, Carine LaFlame, the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) candidate in Lewis, discussed the party’s various economic promises. The candidate mentions that the PCQ wants to “suspend” the gas tax as this measure will put more money back in the pockets of the taxpayers.

party offer to sell, mMe Laflamme says: “For our goods that are transported, if there is a suspension of this tax, we will automatically see a reduction in the cost of the products we buy, for example, at the grocery store.”


However, the comments made by the Conservative candidate are questionable, as the cost of gas is not the only factor linked to a reduction in grocery baskets.

“In food delivery, there are many factors that influence retail prices,” says Sylvain Charlebois, economist and director of the Agricultural Food Analytical Science Laboratory at Dalhousie University in Halifax. “Even if costs do decrease upstream of the chain, it is not automatic to see price adjustments in stores”, he continues.

According to Mr Charlebois, in addition to the cost of gasoline, exchange rates, the cost of labor, demand and shortages of the product and geopolitical factors, among others, can affect retail prices in grocery stores.

In addition, the reduction in the gas tax will have no effect on imported products because truckers simply do not fill gas in Quebec.

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