The Eastern Door Opinion: Indigenous tobacco trade not ‘contraband’ industry

Editor’s Note: The following is presented to ensure that all viewpoints on contraband tobacco are fully ventilated.

From: CBC News

‘Government, police callously demonize what they call the contraband tobacco industry,’ says Steve Bonspiel

Steve Bonspiel, Editor, The Eastern Door

The recent arrests of four indigenous men in Quebec on tobacco-related charges clearly demonstrates how the federal government and police callously demonize what they call the “contraband tobacco industry,” hoping the average Canadian will aid them in their fight and, at the same time, keep them utterly ignorant to who we really are.

The mainstream media too often falls for it, hook, line and sinker. Phrases like “aboriginal organized crime” create a bigger backlash against our people.

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