Thornhill – The Hon. Peter Kent, today announced his support for Bill C-10, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code; (trafficking in contraband tobacco). This Bill is intended to help stop the flow and sale of illegal tobacco products in Canada.
“Contraband tobacco remains an unacceptable threat to Canadian communities like Thornhill. I am pleased by the Harper Government’s action to give law enforcement the tools to target criminals who traffic in illegal tobacco,” Mr. Kent said.
Mr. Kent added, “these proposed changes build on the hard work our Government has already done to ensure that those who break the law are held fully accountable for their actions.”
If passed, this new legislation introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay, will make trafficking contraband tobacco a new Criminal Code Offence. The proposed amendment includes the sale, offer for sale, possession for the purpose of sale, transportation, distribution or delivery of contraband tobacco.
This proposed legislation also includes mandatory penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders where a high volume of tobacco products is involved. This legislation also builds on the Harper Government’s previous action to prevent Canada’s youth from smoking.
“I believe this legislation is an important step to keeping tobacco out of the hands of our youth”, Mr. Kent said.
Contraband tobacco has no place in our communities and this legislation is an important step in combating contraband tobacco, as well as keeping tobacco out of the hands of our youth. The Harper Government is committed to taking strong action to keep our children and communities, such as Thornhill safe.
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