If you've gone around to fill up your tank at one of many Ontario gas stations, then you've surely seen the Doug Ford gas stickers peeling off. The provincial government's anti-carbon tax push has been a controversial topic so far. Attending the International Plowing Match in Verner, the Premier admitted the stickers have been problematic so far.
Addressing the crowd, Ford suggested that the anti-tax stickers probably would've worked fine if they had been made by the label company which is owned by the Ford family.
According to the CBC, he said he would have happily offered the services of his family's business, Deco Labels and Tags, to produce the stickers but that he was not allowed to do so.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Premier presented the opinion lightheartedly.
He said the stickers not sticking is "like the shoemaker's daughter not getting shoes. They have to pull me off the ceiling when I hear they are coming off," as quoted by CBC.
It's been an issue for a while, too. Literally on the very day that the stickers became mandatory under provincial law, they were already being spotted peeling off.
Ford did take a moment to recognize that the stickers were somehow "botched" and vowed to fix the issue, according to CBC.
Ford's comments on Wednesday certainly seemed to a-peel to a lot of people on Twitter. Indeed, many observers seem to think his plan has come unstuck altogether.
Ford did not offer a solution to the problem. However, he said he would be talking to Energy Minister Greg Rickford to attempt to figure this out.
The issues surrounding the stickers stretch far beyond thei adhesive powers, though, and into the territory of dubious legality. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association officially filed a lawsuit earlier in September insisting that the obligation to post the stickers is a violation of the Canadian consitution. The CCLA described the scheme as unjustifiable, "particularly just prior to a federal election."
Narcity has reached out to the offices of Premier Ford and Minister Rickford for comment.