Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco

Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco

December 13, 2006 12:12 ET

OCAT: Ontario's "NO" to Tobacco Industry Cost Recovery Litigation Sets Back Similar Saskatchewan Lawsuit

Saskatchewan Health Minister Concerned Ontario Bow-out Will Jeopardize Prospects For Success

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2006) - As described in a December 12th story from the Saskatchewan StarPhoenix (www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=ffe06883-49db-4017-9aa3-cc37123315ed&k=61948), the province's Health Living Services Minister Graham Addley has said that Ontario's non-participation in cost recovery litigation will jeopardize similar litigation in Saskatchewan.

"This is the kind of wider problem Premier McGuinty's decision not to litigate may cause to other similar litigation across the country," said Michael Perley, Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco Director. "Not only is the Premier unwilling to act to obtain justice and cost recovery concerning the disease and over 400,000 Ontario deaths caused by tobacco industry products and the industry's decades-long, well-documented campaign of deception and dishonesty. It is now clear there may be a significant ripple effect in other provinces which will undermine the possibility of bringing this industry to justice across Canada."

Perley urged the Premier and his colleagues to study the 2000 Mike Harris Administration claim against the industry, and similar documents from the 1999 U.S. Master Settlement Agreement, which provide a damning indictment of the industry's decades-long campaign of deception. "The Premier has said success is not guaranteed. In light of the massive evidence supporting the industry's culpability and the risk the government's decision poses to action in other provinces, the government must revisit this issue as soon as possible," Perley said.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco
    Michael Perley
    (416) 340-2992 or Cell: (416) 709-9075