Let me be the first to recommend to the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, that they give Canadian Border Services Agency a very special award for their impact on local commerce. If we are to believe CBSA, they single handedly saved Cornwall from the grim affects of the current financial horrors that have devastated the world. Yes, according to CBSA, by moving Cornwall's Point of Entry, to the north bank of the river, they have virtually eliminated cigarette smuggling in the area. And, with resident smokers now having to shop for their cigarettes at local stores, the business in these stores have increased substantially. And, while these smokers are shopping for their cigarettes, they are spending the extra money they have on other items as well, for now they are getting their cigarettes for 18 dollars a pack, and not the 2 dollars they used to pay for the contraband cigarettes. And we know this, not because we have commissioned a survey to collect facts, no we know Cornwall has little stomach for money spent on contractors, and have forgone that unnecessary expense of spending money to get information we really don't want to hear. We know this because we read the articles in our local papers about CBSA's great success in eliminating the cigarette smuggling, and the article "Retailers still in business despite slower bridge traffic" by Greg Peerenboom. Yes please, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, do the right thing and step up with that very special award that we all know CBSA so richly deserves.
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