May 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Updated: May 19, 2018 4:50 pm

Manitoba gas prices see a long weekend bump

Gas prices in Winnipeg are on the rise ahead of May long weekend

Austin Siragusa / Global News

From rural communities to the city, gas prices are rising across the province during the May long weekend.

In Winnipeg Saturday, prices jumped as high as $1.31 at some pumps as drivers hit the road.

But the high cost might not be an anomaly: Manitobans can expect to see the numbers climb even higher during the summer months.

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According to Todd MacKay of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, prices will also continue to climb when the Provincial government introduces a carbon tax Sept. 1.

“This is a really tough situation for a lot of families, and there aren’t a lot of choices,” MacKay said.

“A lot of whats going into your tank is not gasoline, it’s not diesel, it’s tax.”

The carbon tax will add six cents per litre of tax on gasoline once it is introduced.

But although Manitoba drivers will be feeling it in the pocketbook with the rising prices, it’s not nearly as bad here as in other provinces across the country.

This chart from GasBuddy shows the prices at the pump:

*Gas prices across the country (cents per litre)

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According to Gas Buddy, gas prices across the country haven’t been this high since 2014.

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