Open For Whatever We Tell You To Be Open For, Or Else

So remember when I said that Doug Ford wouldn’t be happy until we were all covered in PC campaign stickers? Clearly somebody in his office read those words and thought “wow, what a great fuckin’ idea!” Ontario to mandate anti-carbon tax stickers at gas pumps

Yup. Dude is out here legally obliging private businesses to plaster partisan advertising stickers all over their property like that’s even remotely an ok thing to do. It isn’t, in case you were wondering. It’s a pretty obvious violation of one’s right to free expression, and it’s not exactly one that can be defended by saying something like “sure, but we did it in the name of public safety.”

If you do happen to think this is a good idea for some reason, I want you to let me know how you would feel if things were reversed and Trudeau pulled this same stunt to make everyone praise the carbon tax. You can get back to me when your head finishes exploding.

And by the way, say what you want about the carbon tax and what it might do to the price of filling your car, but don’t forget that if he wanted to, Ford could immediately make that silly little nickel into no big deal just by removing the hefty provincial tax you’ve been paying on every tank for years. He shouldn’t because it would be spectacularly stupid, but he could.

Funny that Doug Ford’s new gas pump stickers forgot to tell you his Ontario govt takes 8% sales tax + 14.7% fuel tax. On a $50 fillup @$1.20/litre, that’s $1.83 to Ottawa (rebated in your tax return) vs $7.35 going to Ford in fuel tax + $4.59 PST = $11.94! Sticker shock?

Ontario drivers could soon see government-mandated stickers about the price of the carbon tax on gas pumps across  the province, as the Progressive Conservatives open a new front in their battle with Ottawa over the levy.
The environment and energy ministers made the announcement Monday in one of the near-daily events the Ontario government has held to slam the tax since it was imposed one week ago. 
“We will make sure that we use every tool at our disposal to make sure that Ontarians understand the impacts of this carbon tax — the impact on their business, the impacts on their families and the impact on our province’s competitiveness,” Environment Minister Rod Phillips said at a gas station in Oakville, Ont.
Ontario will introduce legislation that would require stickers to be put on gas pumps showing that the tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline and that will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.

Energy Minister Greg Rickford framed it as a transparency measure.

“The people of Ontario deserve to know the full truth about how the federal carbon tax will make their lives more unaffordable,” he said. “It will hit our wallets hardest when it comes to gas prices and home heating costs and the businesses and programs and services that we use.”

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