Talks today between the MCA and CBSA have been canceled for today. Not sure if that’s productive or not, but it does seem that the government simply has no interest in discussing issues in good faith, and that they probably won’t until the tent location next to the old CBSA station on the island is cleared.
That puts the MCA in a tricky position. In the meanwhile the government is still determined to seize vehicles of Akwesasne residents crossing into Cornwall that haven’t followed the check in policy.
– -As wacky as this may sound the impact of the war against illegal ciggies is impacting our local economy.
You had hundreds of cigarette sellers earning money from the sales of cigarettes. The money they earned, all tax free, was kept in our economy. Now the sales of legal cigarettes have more than doubled which brings in a lot of tax dollars to the government.
The customers of these sellers though are now paying as much as 6 times per smoke. Those dollars they now are spending are not being spent locally too. Add those two factors together and there’s a lot less cash on the streets of Cornwall.
It’s odd, but that’s life in this city. There are stores and businesses that really are suffering, especially in the East End.
Mix this in with a reduction of bridge traffic from the Island and you have a recipe for Financial disaster for our city.
I’m not sure what the solutions are. I am not suggesting that contraband cigarette sales are good or right. I’m just seeing and hearing how the numbers impact our community.
What do you think Cornwall?
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