MP calls for Brockville gas price probe

MP Gord Brown, seen here in this Nov. 20, 2015, file photo, is asking the Competition Bureau to investigate gas prices in Brockville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – Local MP Gord Brown has called on the federal Competition Bureau to investigate gas prices in Brockville.

In a release from Brown’s office Thursday, the MP indicated that a petition with over 1,300 signatures has been sent to the bureau, along with his letter.

“There seems to be a wide discrepancy in pricing in the region and Brockville’s prices always seem to be higher,” Brown said.

In early February, gas was in the high seventies (cents per liter) in Ottawa, the mid-eighties in the county and Highway 401, while it was in the mid-nineties in Brockville, his letter stated.

Gas prices have recently been in the mid to upper eighties in the city.

This isn’t the first time Brockville gasoline retailers have been in trouble.

In 2012, the Competition Bureau ordered three companies with stations in Brockville and Kingston to pay a total of $2 million in fines after pleading guilty to price fixing in 2007.

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