The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are at the forefront of the battle against crime. On occasion, this means the federal government hampers their work rather than makes it easier for them.
It’s estimated there are 19-23 million cartons of illegal cigarettes consumed each year in Canada1. The evidence from Australia is that illegal trade has increased since Australia introduced plain packaging.2 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has proven that the market in illegal cigarettes is used to fund other criminal activities3,4.
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1 Daudelin, J, et al (2013). Border Integrity, Illicit Tobacco, and Canada’s Security. Macdonald-Laurier Institute, pp8. Available at: Click to view Retrieved 23 July 2016
2 Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. (2014). Annual Reports 2013-14, pp. 26. Available here: http://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/annual-reports/ACBPS_AR_2013-14.pdf Retrieved 04 August 2016
3 Gabler, N; Katz, D. (2010). Contraband Tobacco in Canada. Fraser Institute, pp.13. Available here: Click to view Retrieved: 8 August 2016
4 Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (2011). Contraband Tobacco Injects Criminal Activity Into Our Communities. Available at: Click to view Retrieved 8 August 2016
5 Oliver, Joe, Chief Supt. 2010. Testimony before the House of Commons Committee on Public Security and National Security. 27 April. Available at Click to view Last accessed: 5 August 2016
6 Fildebrandt, D.(2012). How Much is Contraband Tobacco Costing
Taxpayers in Ontario? Canadian Taxpayers Federation, pp.10. Available here: Click to view Retrieved: 5 August 2016