RCI with Allison Jones · The Canadian Press
Ford will fine gas station owners $10,000 a day for failing to carry propaganda stickers
QUEEN’S PARK – The Ford Government isn’t just spending thousands of public dollars on gas pump stickers promoting a partisan campaign against carbon pricing – yesterday’s budget bill revealed that Ford plans to fine gas stations $10,000 a day if the businesses fail or refuse to post the stickers.
The stickers, which Ford will use public money to produce and distribute, denounce the federal carbon price being applied to provinces without a carbon pricing strategy. Doug Ford cancelled Ontario’s cap-and-trade program as a big favour to big polluters.
“This is a new low, even for Doug Ford,” said Peter Tabuns, the NDP’s Energy and Climate Change critic. “It’s bad enough that he’s wasting public money on partisan promotion, but now he’s threatening private business owners with massive fines for failing to post Conservative Party advertisement. So much for free speech.
“From sticking his slogan and party colours on license plates, to threatening gas stations that fail to carry Conservative party advertisements, Doug Ford is spending a lot of people’s money on himself and his party.”
Tabuns said both the sticker — which does not include items like the provincial gas tax, making it inaccurate and biased — and the fine need to be cancelled immediately.
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Background: Ford will fine gas station owners $10,000 a day for failing to carry propaganda stickers
Page 74 of the Federal Carbon Transparency Act reads, in part:
2 (1) The person who is licensed under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 to operate a retail outlet at which gasoline is sold at a gasoline pump and put into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles shall,
(a) obtain from the Minister copies of the prescribed notice with respect to the price of gasoline sold in Ontario; and
(b) ensure the notice referred to in clause (a) is affixed to each gasoline pump at the retail outlet in such manner as may be prescribed…
4 (1) Every person who contravenes subsection 2 (1) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable,
(a) in the case of an individual,
(i) for a first offence, to a fine of not more than $500 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues, and
(ii) for a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of not more than $1,000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues; and
(b) in the case of a corporation,
(i) for a first offence, to a fine of not more than $5,000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues, and
(ii) for a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of not more than $10,000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues.