Canadian Convenience Stores Association

Canadian Convenience Stores Association

July 08, 2013 11:29 ET

Convenience Stores Thank Minister Toews for Protecting Retailer and Community Safety

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 8, 2013) - The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) extended their praise and best wishes to The Hon. Vic Toews as he departs his role as Minister of Public Safety.

"As President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association, I would like to applaud Minister Toews for his steadfast support of several public safety issues that impact the 165,000 Canadians working in convenience stores across the country," said Alex Scholten, President of the CCSA.

The CCSA has worked closely with the Government of Canada and Public Safety Canada to address several community safety issues

Convenience store retailers applauded the measures announced by Minister Toews and Minister Aglukkaq in March 2013 to tackle contraband tobacco; an illegal trade which continues to impact the 23,000 convenience stores across the country.

"These measures, which include tougher penalties for contraband offenders and 50 RCMP officers dedicated to an Anti-Contraband Tobacco Force, were outlined by the CCSA as part of our 2013 pre-budget submission," said Scholten. "We are exceptionally thankful to Minister Toews and the Government of Canada for acknowledging these recommendations, which will help address this serious public safety issue."

"We were exceptionally fortunate to have Minister Toews as a champion for the public safety issues that impact Canada's conveniences store industry. While we look forward to working with the new Public Safety Minister, Minister Toews will certainly be missed. On behalf of the Association, I wish him well in his future endeavours."

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