Roger Lapointe didn't mince words when asked to comment about gas prices.
"It's outrageous. It always seems like when there's a holiday or a special occasion, prices go up," declared the Montrealer, as he watched the total rise on the gas pump he was using.
"I feel like these companies take advantage of times when they suspect people need more gas."
Lapointe was one of many taken aback when prices jumped from $ 1.29 per litre to $ 1.44 practically overnight on December 27th.
Regys Leraie also has his doubts about the legitimacy of the sudden increase in fuel costs. He thinks gas companies are taking advantage of holiday travelers rather than following market prices.
"It's not fair. The price should be like the market price. I'm not sure it's like the market price right now."
Other motorists, such as Theodore, are upset about the hike, but feel powerless to do anything about it.
"People are willing to accept high increases before they change their behaviour. Honestly, unless it goes over $ 2 a litre, it's not really going to affect my behaviour."
CAA Quebec says the main reason for the big jump is a thinner profit margin for gas companies. Meantime, they are advising people to hold off filling up their tanks until later this week.