Motorists in the Montreal region got a rude shock Wednesday as gasoline prices soared by about 13 cents a litre.
That puts the price of regular in the Montreal area at just under $1.53 a litre, an increase of almost 20 cents since the start of summer.
Gasoline prices across southern and eastern Ontario rose by about 3.4 cents at midnight, according to the website tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com.
That puts the price of regular in the greater Toronto area at just under $1.37 a litre, and $1.34 in the Ottawa area.
Gas price watcher Dan McTeague says he can't see a reason for the increase, other than a money grab, and his website calls the hike "absurd and unjustified."
The increase prompted many drivers in the Toronto area to fill up before midnight, causing lineups of up to 30 vehicles long at some service stations.