February 17, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Lise Bourgault

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The Criminal Code does not provide for the seizure of goods acquired through profits generated by the illegal sale of smuggled tobacco products because this activity is not recognized as a form of organized crime. In practice, this means that some Mohawks could buy the Manoir Richelieu with the money made from the lucrative black market for cigarettes and open a nice casino which Quebec would otherwise not allow them to own.
So as not to make fools of us all in this House, will the minister urgently introduce a retroactive amendment to the Criminal Code and eliminate this unacceptable loophole which enables criminals to launder the money made by smuggling cigarettes?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TOBACCO SMUGGLING
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