Ontario court strikes down Doug Ford's mandatory anti-carbon tax gas pump stickers - 2020-09-04
The Ontario Superior Court has struck down Premier Doug Ford's mandatory anti-carbon tax stickers, calling them an "unconstitutional attempt" to legislate private retailers to "stick it to" another tier of government or political party.
In a ruling dated Friday, Justice Edward M. Morgan said gas stations are at liberty to keep the stickers on their fuel pumps or remove them as they see fit.
"A government or political party can, in the words of Ontario's Minister of Energy, 'stick it to' another tier of government or political party as a matter of free speech in an election campaign or otherwise. But a government cannot legislate a requirement that private retailers post a sticker designed to accomplish that task," the ruling said.