The NDP in Ontario wants the Canadian federal election supervisor to examine whether the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, violates federal election propaganda regulations with his campaign for carbon tax stickers.
The Ontario budget included something called the Federal Law on Transparency of Carbon Taxes, which requires that all gas stations in the province display on their pumps a sticker saying that the federal carbon tax would cost the Ontarians. per liter, which rose to 11 cents in 2022.
Petrol stations that do not display properly the labels can be fined up to $ 500 per day for the first offense or $ 1,000 per day for repeated offenses. Companies face ten fines.
Inspectors of the Ontario government are in charge of ensuring the display of labels. An interference by an inspector during a job may result in a fine of up to $ 10,000.
Taras Natyshak, MEP for Essex, wrote Yves Cote, the Commissioner for Elections in Canada, and asked him to study the matter. Cote's mission is to enforce the election law in Canada.
"If the Ontario government takes on a formal position to promote Andrews Scheer's position and Canada's conservative carbon price fixing, and these stickers will in fact be fully displayed throughout the province during the electoral period, then the election in Canada must take measures to enforce the election law in Canada from 2000, "he said.
"The Conservative Party of Canada must either assume the total cost of producing and enforcing these labels in the Province of Ontario as the cost of the campaign, or the Government of Ontario may register as a third party in accordance with Section 17 of the Act."
The Federal Minister for the Environment has named the label "Orwellian" and said that Natyshak raised an important issue that deserves a legal review.
"I am very concerned that all Canadians should be at the level of misleading information that is not extended only with Prime Minister Ford [through] your campaign for orwell's labels, as well [federal Conservative Leader] Andrew Scheer, "said Environment Minister Catherine McKenna for CBC.
"You have stickers from the premiere of Ford, who talk about cost of pollution costs, without talking about the climate action incentives that the Ontarans will get."
Based on federal data, carbon tax in non-compliant countries will result in an approximately 4,42 cents per liter increase in petrol costs, 5,37 cents for heating oil (home heating fuel), 3,91 cubic meters per cubic meter for natural gas and 3.10 per liter for propane.
It is expected that these costs will increase each year as the carbon tax rate will increase by $ 10 per tonne until it reaches $ 50 in 2022 – which means that these costs will be more than doubled in less than three years .
In order to compensate for the increase in living costs, the federal government promised that every dollar it collects from a carbon tax would be returned to the people in the province in which it was collected – an attempt to spend the entire household budget for the money it will part of the emission reduction scheme.
Costs of pollution
This is what the average household (set by Ottawa 2.6 people) will receive from the federal government:
- In Ontario: about $ 300 a year.
- In New Brunswick: $ 248.
- In Manitoba: $ 336.
- In Saskatchewan: $ 598.
The amount will vary according to the landscape and the number of people in the household, but federal liberals say that 80 percent of Canadians will receive more refunds than pay taxes. Payment is not a substitute, depending on income, it does not depend on the level of income and will increase over time when the price of carbon is raised.
Ford has rejected the idea that the sticker campaign goes beyond the authority of his government and said that his sole intention is to inform consumers whose levels of government are responsible for gas taxes.
"It's about transparency and responsibility," he said this week. "People in our province need to know how the federal government destroys them for the worst individual tax that you can place at any time on the back of people, the back of businesses and not any different from the other labels you've seen over the years."