MLA: nothing can be done about cross-border shopping
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- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:57
At least he shoots straight about it, you may not like his answer, but he's honest.
It's better than years of Tory/Independent empty promises to solve every problem under the sun.
This is a new way of doing politics in Cumberland (and the whole province), and we like what we see so far.
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:56
So long as the government has their hands in the pot they don't care who it affects along the way. They govt has made a profit off smokers forever and will continue regardless of the health risks. They keep hiking the price up knowing these people are addicted to the product and knowing they will pay for it. They charge people caught with illegal cigarettes more then they would a drug dealer selling drugs to children. Last time I checked it was drugs that were illegal but these drug dealers are getting a slap on the hand in comparison to someone who smokes and resorts to a cheaper way out as the govt has made it impossible for a smoker to afford to smoke anymore.
Perhaps if they gave smokers a tax break there wouldn't be so much illegal activity going on and they could focus their attention to getting the illegal drugs off the street. People aren't killing for cigarettes as they are for drugs. You don't see smokers standing around school yards trying to influence our children. Priorities...oh yea I forgot, it is all about the dollar.
- R G
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:54
One thing can be done
An Atlantic Accord on taxes
Have one tax structure for all Atlantic Provinces, and perhaps one tax department even.
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:52
He's not shooting straight about it at all. The cigarette issue is exactly the same as the gas issue.
We drive across the border to get a tank of gas. But we also drive across the border to pick up 2 packs of smokes. Reason? You save more on 2 packs of smokes than a tank of gas in New Brunswick. It's not 40 or 50 kilometers, the Big Stop charges at least $2.50 less than Amherst for a single pack of cigarettes, it's a 3 minute drive.
Sounds to me like he hasn't done his research. It's exactly like the gas situation - which, by the way, hasn't changed either - today I filled up in Aulac for 95.4 a litre, coming back I noticed it was 102.2 here. Oh yeah, I picked up 2 packs of smokes for $16 too, which would have been $21 here.
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:52
It's like he's telling us to cross the border and buy our smokes. What's next? Driving across the border to buy liquor and onions? Where were all that contraband smokes we used to get in ttown? Bringg that back!
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:43
Maybe it's a sign of a novice politician being in place, but still, it is refreshing to see one admit the truth, that basically there's nothing that can be done to stop people from crossing the border for cheaper prices, that they are going to smoke regardless, etc. It's nice not to have to hear someone pussyfoot around it and say that *we are going to studies, we are looking into it, we are moving forward to see why the trend continues to see shoppers go to NB, yadda yadda, yadda,* and then nothing is done. At least we know where we stand right up front
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:39
Thankfully I do not smoke. But I would encourage anyone who does to look into growing and curing your own tobacco products. As far as I can tell it is still legal (in the since that you do not trade in it) and not only can you stick it to the the tax man but you're guaranteed a pure unadulterated product, unlike the smokes on the shelf.
Something to think about IMHO