Monday, December 11, 2006

Ontario won't join the fight against Big Tobacco

According to the Star, Mike Harris was more hardline on taking cases against tobacco companies than Dalton McGuinty. Could it be that McGuinty is afraid of making an enemy of yet more Ontario farmers?

That said, going into business with someone - as governments did with tobacco companies by licensing their drug business - and then turning on them has always seemed wrong to me. Have smoking bans, advertising bans and sales restrictions by all means but taxing the hell out of tobacco and then suing the distributors stinks of double dipping and general hypocrisy since by licensing their business the governments were complicit in their business dealings.

UPDATE: BCer in Toronto has something on this too.
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