Gasoline prices in Ottawa soared through the $2 a liter benchmark for the first time on Saturday, leaving motorists furious.
“It disgusts me, it turns my stomach,” said a motorist who was refueling on Saturday afternoon.
Ottawa stations were selling gasoline for 202.9 cents a liter on Saturday, setting a new record for gasoline prices. Prices rose five cents a liter overnight.
“I mean it’s shocking, but I think I feel like it is what it is,” said one motorist.
Gasoline prices topped $2 a liter from Ottawa to Kingston to Toronto on Saturday.
Motorists admit that record fuel prices will force them to change their driving habits this summer.
“If my wife goes where I go, we get together and take my car because it is more orderly in terms of fuel consumption,” said one motorist.
“It will be less traveled, gasoline is crazy so we stay home,” said another motorist.
While another driver told CTV’s Jeremie Charron that they will be staying close to home.
“I’m not going anywhere this summer. I’m just moving into my new apartment and I’m saving money for gas and food because everything is going up now.”
Canadians for Affordable Energy President Dan McTeague predicts prices will rise another six cents a liter on Sunday morning to 208.9 cents a litre.
“Welcome to the new reality of less supply, tight supply, a weak Canadian dollar and high taxes, they all make a pretty devastating and potent combination,” McTeague told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts on Friday.
A year ago, gasoline was selling for $1.24 a liter in Ottawa. In 2020, a liter of gasoline cost Ottawa motorists 83 cents.
McTeague predicts that gasoline prices could rise to $2.10 a liter by the Victoria Day long weekend.
“The sad reality of this is that it will have some pretty damaging consequences for the global economy.”