As of mid-morning, there was still no local filling station evidence, of a gasoline price hike, following survey confirmation yesterday of a seven cents a litre national average increase, in the past week.

According to the new sixty-city cross-Canada monitor of MJ Ervin and Associates, the nation-wide average is up, to 78 point seven cents.

However, that’s still 29 cents a liter less, than it was this time last January.

Locally the spread is even greater, with the common posted price holding steady, at 81 point nine cents a liter, about 33 cents lower, than this time last year.

In addition, according to BC Gas, the local price is now in the rare position, of being lower than the provincial average, which is now up to 83 cents a liter.