After selling cigarettes to minors, a Richmond Hill mom & pop variety store was driven out of business. I investigate Ontario's two-tier justice system when it comes to tobacco sales and First Nations reserves.
Wearing spy glasses with a built in camera, I take you on a tour of a typical reserve store, where cigarettes smoking is permitted and free samples are even offered.
And yes, minors are some of its biggest customers.
These cigarettes are often made on the reserves, which means the government loses an estimated $1.1B to $2B in annual taxes.
Organized crime is deeply involved in this business, according to the RCMP.
My in-depth "60 Minutes" style expose includes an interview with the head of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. He says the authorities "don't want to go on the reserves" to enforce the law.
He also explains that a new Ontario law banning menthol cigarettes will actually drive menthol smokers to reserves to buy their preferred tobacco!
Ontario will end up like Greece unless the reckless spending and borrowing stops!
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