If you are planning to do some driving on the Easter long weekend, you might want to fill up the tank tonight. Local drivers can expect to pay more at the pump tomorrow. Gas prices in the Capital could rise by as much as 6 cents/litre overnight. And it appears higher prices are here to stay. According to Dan McTeague, a gas price analyst with Gasbuddy.com, motorists should brace for prices to climb as high at $1.30 this summer. There are several factors. U.S. According to McTeague, “demand for gasoline continues to escalate and break records. The American economy is back on its feet,” he said. “We’ve got the makings a much more expensive year, that is not helped by the increases in taxes by the provincial government here in Ontario. Right now your average prices in Ottawa are about 15 cents and 16 cents per litre more than this time last year. That’s about to increase.”
According to Gasbuddy.com, which is an app that tracks the prices at gas stations across the country thanks to realtime input from users, the average price at the pumps in Ottawa about $1.13 per litre as of Tuesday afternoon.
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