As they enter a new month, local area motorists should not be surprised if the recent 4¢ a litre drop in the common posted price for gasoline in Fort St. John disappears in the next few days.
The mid-morning November 1st average price in BC was up to $115.3 a litre – still the highest among the ten provinces, six of which were below a $1.00 a litre.
When he spoke to us last Friday Dan McTeague, the senior analyst with GasBuddy, predicted things could get worse before they get better for consumers in the first part of this month, especially those in Western Canada.
The November 1st GasBuddy survey had the provincial average differential at nearly 20¢ a litre with New Brunswick posting the low end price at 96.5¢.
In fact, all three Maritime Provinces were below 99¢ a litre, and the only other one in that category was Manitoba – and Mr. McTeague says the three most western provinces are still being victimized by refinery shutdowns in the US.
The GasBuddy monitor also showed, that even with the aforementioned 4¢ drop, the local common price at a $123.9 was still more than 20¢ a litre higher than the national average $103.3.
Perhaps even more perplexing for local area motorists is the fact, it was still 10¢ a litre more than the common price in Dawson Creek, and if you went a little further east to the Alberta border it was down another 6¢ a litre to $107.9 at the Fas Gas in Demmitt.