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A gas pump displays an anti-carbon tax sticker in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2019.

Chris Young/The Canadian Press

The fine for Ontario gas stations that refuse to put up mandatory anti-carbon-price stickers is lower than the provincial government wanted.

Ontario’s chief justice set the fine for violating the sticker act at $150.

That’s lower than the maximum fines Premier Doug Ford’s legislation calls for, which range from an initial $500 a day for individuals (rising to $1,000) to $10,000 for corporations that repeatedly refuse to comply.

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In Ontario, the chief justice sets fines for provincial offences, not politicians as is the case in other provinces.

The provincial government has so far not been able to explain why the lower fine was picked.

The law forcing Ontario gas stations to post stickers critical of Ottawa’s carbon-pricing is being challenged in the courts.

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