TORONTO — Official Opposition Energy and Climate Crisis critic Peter Tabuns released this statement in response to the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Doug Ford’s anti-carbon price stickers are unconstitutional because they violate people’s freedom of expression, a decision made in response to a legal challenge brought by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
“The Official Opposition NDP is calling for an immediate commitment from Doug Ford that he will not waste another dollar of public money to appeal the Superior Court decision. He has already wasted enough of people’s money on his anti-carbon price stickers that don’t stick – a partisan and dishonest propaganda campaign.
It’s heartening to see that the Ontario Super Court has determined that the Ford government’s anti-carbon price stickers are, in fact, a violation of freedom of expression and are neither justified nor reasonable. That decision reflects the way so many Ontarians felt when they were forced to display the stickers against their will, subject to a fine of up to $10,000.
Ford cancelled Ontario’s cap-and-trade program as a favour to big polluters, and he has already wasted tens of thousands of Ontarians’ money promoting his party’s biased, inaccurate, and anti-environment agenda. Appealing this Superior Court decision would be another waste of money, another attack on Ontario’s environment, and another attack on people’s constitutional rights.”