A group of Merritt residents concerned with the steep price of gas in the city will gather on Thursday morning to let it be known that they want something done about it.
Currently gas prices in Merritt sit at 124.9 per litre for regular self-serve while drivers in neighbouring communities such as Kamloops and Kelowna are filling up on fuel at 106.9 and 115.9 respectively.
Protest organizer Callie Langlois hopes Thursday’s rally sparks the same reaction as a similar rally did in 2017.
“We held a large demonstration a few years ago here in Merritt and I think it got people’s attention,” said Langlois. “We did see the prices come down a bit in the city for few weeks anyway.”
Langlois added that over the past few weeks, several residents have contacted her regarding another rally to address the situation once again.
“I had a lot of people message me and call me saying we should hold another rally because the prices are just too high, “she added. “We have to get our voices heard.”
A visiting motorist, John Whittaker of Calgary was on his way to Vancouver to visit his brother when he opted to bypass gas stations in Kamloops in favor of Merritt.
“I looked at my gas gauge and thought I should fill-up while I’m near Kamloops and saw gas around 1.04.9 at Costco,” Whittaker chuckled. “I decided to wait until I get to Merritt and fill-up, I thought it will be cheaper there. Boy was I wrong, and I won’t make that mistake again.”
Whittaker added that the difference was approximately eight dollars higher than if he stopped in Kamloops.
“Normally I would have gassed up and then stopped for lunch somewhere,” he noted. “But being on a fixed income I can’t do that now after shelling out another ten or eleven bucks for gas. I sure feel sorry for the local merchants here if this keeps up.”
Langlois hopes to see a huge number support their march on Thursday which gets underway at 10 a.m. weather permitting at the Chevron location on “gasoline alley”.
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