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The Cost Of Islam: Canada’s contraband tobacco market helps fund overseas terrorism

Canada’s flourishing contraband tobacco market helps fund overseas terrorism: report

In Ontario alone, governments are seeing between $1.6 and $3 billion in lost tax revenue per year as a result of illegal trade in tobacco products, the institute concludes in its latest report, which is set to be released on Thursday. Global News was able to obtain a copy in advance.

But depriving government coffers of money that could be used for health care, education or other social programs is just one of the negative consequences of this particular black market. Illegal tobacco also helps fund organized crime in Canada and terrorist organizations abroad, the report notes.

  • ontario john

    And please remember, “It has nothing to do with Indians”.

    • Bataviawillem

      Feather or dot?

  • David Smith

    The people on reserves “are being exploited” by criminal organizations, he argued.

    Now that’s rich.

  • AmicusC

    or we could always tax it less and make the desire for black market cigs go away, but that’s just crazy I know. just like lowering taxes on booze

  • P_F

    It’s not only tobacco which is used by mohammedans to fund terrorism activities, much bigger is the business dealing in drugs & peddling women. In BC iranians have a good hold on prostitution & drugs trade. I’ve no doubt some of that money eventually goes to fund terrorist organizations.

    • Bataviawillem

      And don’t forget the biggest one of all, halal certification.

  • UCSPanther

    This is no surprise. South American terror groups like FARC and the Shining Path use illicit drugs to fund their operations.

    “When you do drugs, you support Communism and Islamic Jihad.”

  • Millie_Woods

    Every time the government raises the price of cigarettes, they lose more consumers to their competition.

    In addition to reducing revenue and fueling organized crime it introduces more citizens to the benefits of underworld economics. Stupid government.