VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Despite the premier’s cool reception to the idea, the two-cent gas tax is not dead.

Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom insists he’s on the same page as Christy Clark.

“I’m looking forward to the discussions the mayor’s council will have with the public out there,” he tells News1130 from Harrison.

Lekstrom says the province will wait for the results of public consultations before any final decision is made. Despite the premier’s comments last week that she’s not all that excited about more taxes, the province will be on-side with the mayors and the public, he says.

“I’ve made that commitment to them as the minister responsible and the person that was asked to go and work with the mayors’ council, yes,” he says.

That means the province will introduce legislation to enact the new tax this fall, if it survives all the public consultation hurdles that it has to go through in the meantime.