June 14, 2024
Ontario judge sets $150 fine for not posting anti-carbon tax stickers
Earlier this week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched a legal challenge of the stickers alleging the law violates free speech provisions of the Constitution.
Earlier this week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched a legal challenge of the stickers alleging the law violates free speech provisions of the Constitution.

TORONTO — Gas stations refusing to put mandatory anti-carbon-price stickers on their pumps will face daily fines of $150, a penalty that is at the lower end of the range established by a controversial law Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives passed earlier this year.

The province’s Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve set the fine in an order issued on Aug. 28 — just two days before the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act came into force.

The act requires all gas station owners display the blue stickers, which show that the federal carbon tax adds 4.4 cents per litre to the price of gas now, rising to 11 cents a litre in 2022.

Under the act, individuals who refuse to do so face daily fines of up to $500, while the penalty for corporations that repeatedly break the rule could be up to $10,000 a day. It also allows government inspectors to check if gas stations are properly displaying the stickers.

“The fine that the chief justice set is within the statutory amount set out in … the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act,” a spokeswoman for Maisonneuve said in a statement.

In Ontario, the chief justice sets fines for provincial offences, not politicians as is the case in other provinces.

A spokeswoman for Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the government welcomed the “reasonable fines” set by the chief justice.

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