Hon. Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture)):
Mr. Speaker, my colleague raises the important issue of smuggling. I must remind all members of this House that the Minister of Finance has tabled Bill C-102, which reinforces the legislation on smuggling.
However, it might also be appropriate to remind Canadians who are listening that smuggling is a crime. It is difficult to fight smuggling because people who buy cigarettes, among other contraband items, do not complain. I believe that if all of us in this House made Canadians aware of the danger to society of giving in and buying smuggled goods-and I am speaking to members on both sides of this House-we would probably increase their awareness of the issue. It is quite serious that Canadians snap up smuggled goods so easily.
I thank my colleague for her question and I must tell her-
Subtopic: TOBACCO SMUGGLING