The debate surrounding Doug Ford's government's gas station stickers doesn't look like dying down any time soon. On Wednesday, a new lawsuit by a civil rights group formally asked the Ontario courts to make Ford's initiative illegal. The recent addition of Ontario anti-carbon tax stickers to gas station pumps across the province has raised some eyebrows, as well as the attention of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
According to a recent news release by the CCLA, which describes itself as "an independent, national, nongovernmental organization," the association filed a lawsuit challenging the mandatory anti-carbon tax gas stickers that are now required by Ontario law.
The CCLA, which had previously announced its intention to legally challenge the move, claims this scheme violates the Canadian constitution. It has now officially filed its legal challenge.
#BREAKING We filed our legal challenge today in Superior Court of Ontario on mandatory anti-carbon tax stickers on… https://t.co/r525jFX5CA— Canadian Civil Liberties Association (@Canadian Civil Liberties Association) 1567626080.0
The CCLA states that forcing retailers to post these stickers — which it calls a "government-mandated message about a political issue," is not reasonable and can't be justified, "particularly just prior to a federal election."
Gas retailers who fail to take part in this will be fined up to $5,000 for the first offence and could rack up penalties of up to $10,000 for each day the stickers aren't put up.
These stickers direct consumers to a website that explains how the Ontario government has a "better way" of fighting climate change.
Cara Zwibel, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the CCLA, explains that using threats of fines to participate in their cause is unacceptable.
The CBC reports that the CCLA group has not yet found a gas station willing to fight the law. Two Toronto lawyers, Sandra Barton and Steven Sofer of Gowlings LLP in Toronto, represent the CCLA in this case.
By the looks of it, it won't take too much physical effort for retailers to take these stickers off if this lawsuit does go through.
In fact, many of the stickers look more than likely to fall off before they're even removed.