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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce is calling on the province to immediately pause the provincial fuel tax to ease pressure at the pumps.

In a release, the chamber requests that the province consults with advisors and finance experts to find a “reasonable solution” to pause fuel taxes.

The chamber acknowledged the government’s one-time rebate of $110 through ICBC but says it will not provide immediate relief, if any.

“This relief will not be seen until May or June of this year, which creates no immediate relief for consumers or businesses,” the chamber said in their release.

“We also note that rural and northern communities would use the rebate in one week of vehicle use in general,” they continued.

The chamber says the government should be doing what they can to support businesses in B.C., 90 per cent of which they claim are small businesses.

They ask that the province immediately cease collection of provincial fuel taxes “until global circumstances improve.”

The chamber also believes the B.C. government should commit to a comprehensive review of all taxes to support businesses post-pandemic and during global crises.

Read the chamber’s full release below:

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