$10-billion "wake-up" for tobacco companies

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JTI-Macdonald is being taken to court by the Federal government and the governments of Ontario and Quebec to recover the tax revenue lost by these governments due to JTI-Macdonald's corporate role in cigarette smuggling during the 1990's.

Story from the Globe and Mail: $10-billion "wake-up" for tobacco companies

One thing missing from the media coverage of this (so far) is Paul Martin's role. When Martin took office as Finance Minister, he was responsible for reducing Federal cigarette taxes (and leaning on Ontario and Quebec to do the same) as a "solution" to the smuggling problem, a problem that Martin's buddies in the tobacco industry created.