MONTREAL, June 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Imperial Tobacco Canada today
decried the Government of Quebec's healthcare cost recovery lawsuit as
hypocrisy of the highest order.
"This lawsuit is a cash grab by a provincial government looking to score
political points while conveniently forgetting that it has been a
senior partner in the tobacco industry for decades," said Donald
McCarty, Vice President of Law, Imperial Tobacco Canada. "Governments
have licensed us, have taxed us and our consumers, and have regulated
us, all in full knowledge of the risks associated with tobacco use."
Imperial Tobacco Canada has launched a lawsuit against the Bill. The
Bill is a violation of the right to a fair trial guaranteed by the
Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"We manufacture a legal, heavily regulated and taxed product. Quebec and
other Canadian governments make more off the sale of tobacco than the
legal companies. Quebec will continue to profit from tobacco sales even
as it pursues this additional cash grab through the courts," continued
Mr. McCarty. "This action is even more duplicitous when one considers
the major role played by the Government of Quebec and the governments
of other provinces in the sale of other products for which the risks
are well known, including alcohol and gambling."
"We are astounded at the waste of taxpayers' dollars. The number one
tobacco problem in the country, illegal tobacco, is on Quebec's
doorstep," said Mr. McCarty. "Shouldn't the government be focusing its
attention on the unregulated, untaxed and unlicensed sale of illegal
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