February 6, 2009
In a move that is surprising even to someone like myself who has seen and heard things which most people would call unthinkable while involved in the Caledonia crisis these last years, the McGuinty government has now officially endorsed the sale of cigarettes to children in Haldimand County.
To quote a Feb 5 story from the Simcoe Reformer which uncovered this despicable, duplicitous act by the same government who has endorsed the lawlessness by Native extremists since 2006 many times in many ways:
“The Ministry of Health pays the province’s 36 health units $50 million a year for youth smoking programs. Most of that is spent monitoring convenience stores to ensure they are not selling to minors.
Enforcement officers, however, are not allowed to go near the biggest source of contraband tobacco in the province — native smoke shops. Thousands of smoke shops have popped up in recent years on the province’s 163 reserves. Locally, a handful have set up illegally in Haldimand County along Highway 6.
A carton of cigarettes at a convenience store costs about $80. However, a baggie of 100 cigarettes typically sells at a native smoke shop for as little as $7. Yet the McGuinty government has told the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit that the smoke shops of Haldimand County are off-limits to enforcement staff.”
With this action the McGuinty Liberals have taken one final step to ensure that children who wish to buy cigarettes need only to ride their bicycles out to one of the illegal shacks set up on government land on the outskirts of Caledonia as they have been doing for years now while the OPP sit and watch.
It is a well known fact to those in the area that children frequent these illegal shacks because the owners will sell their $7 a carton insect egg and human feces ridden cigarettes to absolutely anyone. The sole purpose of these shacks has been to flaunt their ability to break the law in the face of Caledonia residents from the beginning so why would they care to ID anyone?
To make matters worse, some then peddle back into town with the bags of smokes hanging from their handle bars past OPP cruisers who just happen never to be looking at that moment and they take their contraband bounty to school with them where they sell this filth at inflated prices to other children!
Although the children are certainly the focus of today, it’s not only pint sized black market dealers that are piggy backing a profit off of these tax free, unregulated, extra toxic Native cigarettes. I have personally been approached on more than one occasion in Simcoe, and Hamilton by industrious citizens who pull these Ziploc bags of smokes out of a backpack and offer to sell them to you for $20. It’s all quite reminiscent of the days when people smuggled smokes in from the States to sell tax free here, except that this time it’s being endorsed instead of combated by the Government.
The only efforts to see these shacks closed culminated in a demonstration at one of the shacks by a small group of protestors and civil rights advocates on December 1 2007 which resulted in 2 people being attacked and hospitalized when the OPP refused to remove violent Natives from the scene despite numerous attacks on peaceful protestors and police throughout the day.
If ever anyone needed another reason to explain the triggering of their gag reflex by the name McGuinty, we now have it.