Archive for September, 2009

September 19, 2009

When I first got involved in the Caledonia crisis in 2006, I expected to see and hear some rather strange things, and that has certainly been the case, but none more so and none more consistent then the nearly unintelligible ranting of Kahentinetha Horn and the Mohawk Nation News. I try not to subject you good people to her mind numbing crap on any regular basis, but someone was kind enough to anonymously subscribe me to her mailing list for which I am truly grateful.

For those who may not remember her or have not had the pleasure of trying to choke down her special brand of logic, this is a woman who in the last few years has babbled about the “evil white man” at every possible turn but admitted to admiring Hitler, used the word Genocide so frequently and in such absurdly inappropriate context that I actually thought about turning her rants about it into a drinking game early on but refrained out of fear that most would get alcohol poisoning, claimed that the US was about to take over Canada in order to stop France from doing so, claimed that Canadian Border guards tried to kill her, claimed that the heavily armed Mohawks at Akwesasne have no guns which is why they over ran an international border crossing, claimed that the attempted murder of Sam Gualtieri was actually a group of Non Natives attacking Native children, created a bizarre (even by her standards) persona known as “the red X”, claimed Canada was secretly building weapons of mass destruction, and said a few silly things as well.

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by Christine McHale

rollies_worse_for_health_study_1477525218Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is calling on both the provincial and federal governments to reduce taxes on legal cigarettes in order to tackle the ever present problem of contraband cigarettes being sold out of makeshift shacks. According to Mr. Barrett, the main reason why the contraband cigarette trade exists is the high taxes on legal cigarettes. Cut taxes and you dry up the contraband trade. Sounds good? Not really.

First, governments would never be able to sufficiently lower cigarette taxes to make legal cigarettes competitive. I have spoken with RCMP officials in Cornwall, an area that makes the contraband cigarette trade in Caledonia look miniscule, and they say lowering taxes would have little effect. There’s a difference of about $50 to $60 per carton, at least, and no government will give up that much money. Ontario alone took in just over 1.2 billion dollars in revenue from cigarette taxes in fiscal 2007-2008, Canada took in over 2.6 billion for the same period and all provinces and federal revenue for 2007-2008 was just under 7 billion dollars. Taxes would be raised somewhere else to make up for any shortfall, especially in the tough economic times of today when governments are scrambling for money anyways. Lower tax here only mean we would all end up paying higher taxes somewhere else. Just what we need in tough economic times.

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