With gas prices over $1.30, it’s not hard to say “I don’t want to fill my tank today…”
Drivers are being urged to refrain from filling up on gas Friday by a huge boycott movement as motorists in the GTA took another beating at the pumps.
Prices spiked more than 3 cents a litre overnight to 132.1 cents, breaching the $1.30 mark for the first time this year, despite oil prices taking a dip.
A year ago, before the HST was implemented, drivers in Toronto were paying around $1 for a litre of regular gas.
Still, Toronto has it easier than Montreal, where drivers are currently paying an average of $1.35 per litre.
To combat rising fuel costs, some fed up motorists have decided to take matters into their own hands by organizing boycotts on the web.
One Facebook event, titled “Don’t buy gas on April 15th”, calls on motorists in the U.S. and Canada to refrain from filling up on Friday to protest skyrocketing gas prices and hurt big oil companies.
The event currently has more than 1 million users confirmed as “attending.”
“Let us unite in protest of escalating fuel prices,” the group’s description urges.
“It’s just bloody greedy of (oil companies),” Facebook user Niel MacDonald wrote on the group’s wall. “Canadians get the shaft all the time.”
Other users, however, are questioning the effectiveness of blanket boycotts on gas stations.
“Not buying gas for one day just means that the next day you’re getting the gas you needed for the day you didn’t buy plus what you are going to use,” commented user Chris Anderson, “so the only thing you’ve accomplished is made (gas companies) wait one more day to get paid.”
“One of the most failed boycotts in history right here. And 1,000,000 suckers fell for it,” added Mitchell Airey.
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