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Ottawa gas prices expected to rise

The gas price increase in the capital region could be four or five cents per litre early next month, but things are much worse in other parts of Canada.
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Ottawa drivers can expect gas prices to jump up to $1.30 per litre, and stay there for a while, thanks to the changing of the seasons.

The chemicals which refineries use in gas during the summer is more expensive than what is required over the winter.  

That switchover will happen between April 1 and 15.

Senior Petroleum Analyst at GasBuddy.com Dan McTeague:

McTeague told 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show, as bad as local prices could be, it is worse in other parts of the country. He said gas in Vancouver is $1.54 per litre right now, which he blamed on high demand and a lack of supply.

"Many people say, 'Well, I'm not driving, I'm flying there.' Remember, jet fuel is subject to the same kind of shortness in supply," added McTeague.

McTeague argues the TransCanada pipeline project would go a long way to reducing gas prices in British Columbia's lower mainland.

Listen to the full conversation with Senior Petroleum Analyst at GasBuddy.com Dan McTeague:

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