April 25, 2019 5:21 pm
Updated: April 25, 2019 5:22 pm

Ontario Chamber of Commerce asks government to abandon gas pump carbon tax sticker plan

Ontario's Chamber of Commerce president Rocco Rossi

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TORONTO – Ontario’s Chamber of Commerce is asking the province to reverse course on a plan to make gas stations display stickers on the federal carbon tax.

Chamber president Rocco Rossi says the group’s members – some of whom are gas station operators – believe the stickers violate their rights and freedoms.

READ MORE: Ontario gas pumps could soon have government stickers about the price of the carbon tax


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The stickers were unveiled earlier this month as the Progressive Conservatives wage an ongoing campaign against the federal government’s carbon price.

Gas station operators who don’t display government-mandated stickers could be subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day.

READ MORE: Provinces vow to resist after new federal carbon tax takes effect

In a letter to Energy Minister Greg Rickford, Rossi calls the fines “out-sized” and the program an example of unnecessary red tape on business.

Rickford defended the stickers, saying in a statement that the federal carbon tax will kill jobs and raise prices, hurting every member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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