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

Gas Pump Stickers Carbon Tax

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.

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.

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.