Ontario's Gas Pump Stickers Aren't Sticking

Gas Pump carbon tax sticker

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the government's province-wide campaign to criticize the federal carbon tax just isn't sticking.

The stickers criticizing the tax, which gas stations are required by law to post on their pumps, were produced using the wrong adhesive and are falling off.

Ford joked about the issue at the International Plowing Match in Verner, Ont., on Tuesday, saying that the stickers may have worked if they'd been produced by the label company owned by the Ford family.

But the premier admitted that the stickers were somehow botched and vowed to fix the problem.

Ford says the specifications were all accurate for the stickers, which became mandatory in Ontario gas stations at the end of August.

He offered few details, but said he would be discussing the matter with Energy Minister Greg Rickford.

The stickers are part of an aggressive campaign to critique the federal carbon tax, which Ottawa imposed on Ontario earlier this year after the province failed to come up with its own comparable regime.

The stickers show the amount of money the carbon tax is expected to add to a tank of gas over the next three years, but makes no mention of rebates the federal government has put in place to offset the impact.

The Federal Carbon Tax Transparency act, which took effect on Aug. 30, said gas station operators who refuse to post the stickers could face daily fines. Ontario's Chief Justice set the fine amount at $150 per day.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched a legal challenge of the stickers alleging the law violates free speech provisions of the Constitution.

With files form the Canadian Press and CTV News