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Case Mulls First Nations’ Tobacco Shipping Rights – Postmedia News

by NationTalk on January 9, 2012587 Views

Case mulls First Nations’ tobacco shipping rights

BY DOUGLAS QUAN, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 9, 2012

An aboriginal tobacco company that has thrived in Quebec and Ontario set out last year to begin selling and distributing its cigarettes in First Nations communities across Western Canada.

But from British Columbia to Manitoba, shipment after shipment of Rainbow Tobacco’s cigarettes wound up in the hands of authorities because provincial taxes hadn’t been paid on them.

The company, located on the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal, insists that as long as its products are distributed within or between aboriginal reserves only federal tax laws should apply. The company and its supporters add that provincial interference is hampering economic development in communities that need it most.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Case+mulls+First+Nations+tobacco+shipping+rights/5965313/story.html#ixzz1izMaPD4Q

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