Saskatchewan drivers missing out on long weekend road trip savings

Author: Gage Haubrich 2023/05/19

SASKATOON, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Saskatchewan government to cut the provincial gas tax as drivers fuel up for road trips during the Victoria Day long weekend.

“Saskatchewanians are paying high gas prices at the pump and gas taxes are a big part of that cost,” said Gage Haubrich, Prairie Director of the CTF. “Albertans are getting cheaper road trips this long weekend because the Alberta government slashed its gas tax to zero.”

Yesterday, the price of gas was $1.55 per litre in Saskatoon. The price of gas in Edmonton was only $1.38.

The Alberta government’s gas tax was 13 cents per litre, but it was suspended in November 2022. Albertans now only pay federal taxes at the pumps. Federal taxes cost 32 cents per litre of gasoline. That means drivers pay $37 in taxes to fill up a pickup truck and about $24 in taxes to fill up a minivan.

Saskatchewan’s gas tax is 15 cents per litre. Saskatchewan drivers pay both federal and provincial taxes at the pumps. Taxes total about 47 cents per litre of gasoline. That means drivers pay $55 in taxes to fill up a pickup truck and about $35 per minivan.

“Albertans save about $15 every time they fill up their pickup trucks,” Haubrich said. “Saskatchewanians should save some money this weekend and remember to fill up in Alberta on their way home from their Calgary road trip.”

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