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Winnipeg Free Press: Manitoba drivers still get break as gas price fluctuates

February 1, 2024 — 

Middle- and low-income Manitobans will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they’ll pay in tax, said Jesse Hajer, an assistant economics professor at University of Manitoba.

The gas-tax holiday is a “wasteful” way to help those who most need it, said Hajer, who is opposed to extending it.

Historic data on average distance travelled and average fuel economy show the typical driver can be expected to save approximately $15 per month from the gas tax cut, he said.

“This is not nothing, but it’s unlikely that a $15 savings has made a big difference when it has come to dealing with the rising cost of living,” Hajer said.

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