By Gary McHale - The Regional
You won't believe it but this past weekend Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and the Toronto Crime Stoppers called upon the public to provide tips about the sale of illegal cigs which now account for 48% of all sales in the province.
Chief Blair called it "a serious problem in our society... the illegal importation of drugs and firearms goes hand-in-hand with the contraband tobacco industry."
In April 2008 a
This congressional report stated, "Over the past several years, the illicit tobacco trade has re-emerged as one of the most lucrative smuggling operations in the
A 1994 estimate showed that every man, woman and child on a Native American reservation would have to consume 15 packs per day to account for the volume of cigarettes that were being distributed through the reserves. Since 1994 this illegal trade has greatly increased.
This congressional report ends with the following statement, "This must be brought to an end. It is more than just a matter of hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue – it is a matter of national security."
I should remind the public that in June of 2006 the
I have a few suggestions for the Toronto Police Chief and for
Maybe Chief Blair could help Doug Fleming at his next anti-illegal smoke shop protest by telling Fantino to stop lining up OPP officers against residents to ensure these illegal shops remain open. Maybe Chief Blair could phone the Crown in Cayuga and suggest that next time they have one of the key leaders of illegal activities in
I wonder exactly where Chief Blair has been for the past 3 years – has he not heard of the illegal cigarette trade in and around reserves? Why do the police need a single person to phone in a tip regarding the illegal trade – can't the police simply drive down the road and see with their own eyes the illegal shops and factories?
In one day the police could, if there was any political will, shut down millions of dollars worth of illegal trade. Normally the police need the public to provide the tips to help law enforcement but why phone in a tip when police refuse to enforce the laws?
Maybe now that Toronto is having such a serious problem with illegal cigarettes the McGuinty Government will finally end Race Based Policing in Ontario and order the OPP to enforce the laws regardless of the colour of your skin or what your race is. Furthermore, Harper's Conservatives shouldn't be so quick to follow in the footsteps of McGuinty by allowing the RCMP to turn such a blind eye to an illegal trade solely because of the race of the criminals involved.
Maybe Diane Finley could sign a petition telling the RCMP to enforce the laws in
It is truly a shame when governments refuse to enforce the laws and it is left to average citizens to aid in restoring the Rule of Law in
You can be assured of one thing, if you were operating an illegal trade that was costing the Province and Federal government millions each month in lost taxes then we would be arrested immediately.
We also know that if Mr. McHale even suggested to someone that they sell illegal cigs then you could bet Fantino would have him charged with counselling to commit something.