Friday, December 10, 2010

The Health Canada Crime Fighters Ashtray

The Health Canada Crime Fighters Commemorative Ashtray, marking Health Canada's brave decision to suddenly ditch their expanded label warning program on cigarette packages in favour of fighting contraband tobacco, presumably on behalf of tobacco companies.

Perrin Beatty, registered tobacco lobbyist and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, argues that Health Canada's priority should be people selling ciggies off the backs of trucks at the side of the road, not health labels :

"There is a significant share of the market that it is being fuelled by organized crime," he said. "Do we want to make it easier for organized criminals by eliminating the ability of other people to offer brands in competition?"

Health Canada and tobacco lobbyists - fighting crime together.

Ezra Levant, author of Ethical Oil and registered tobacco lobbyist for Rothmans, Benson & Hedges in 2009, told CBC he has since de-registered : "I am no longer a lobbyist. I no longer have any interest in the file."


900ft Jesus said...

I love the graphic. (hmmm...butt- head)

Beijing York said...

They need to find criminals for those expanded jails, no?

thwap said...

Levant wasn't paying the bills with his legal career or the Western Standard.

They'll find something else for him to do.

WNDR3700 said...

Sad that they would take such a route.. the Health Canada should be fighting for expanded label warnings... the worst drug of this century is ciggies.

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