Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):
Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Revenue. The minister is well aware that cigarette smuggling in Canada has become a plague and a disgrace which profits organized crime with the complicity of thousands of citizens who act against their conscience to save a few dollars on a pack of cigarettes.
Can the minister confirm that a national conference on this issue was convened with his provincial counterparts and can he say what concrete measures have been taken so far by the federal government to end this scourge which tarnishes our reputation and weakens our ability as a country to enforce our laws?
Subtopic: TOBACCO SMUGGLING