According to a March 2012 Canadian Press report,
“British Columbia and five other provinces are teaming up to sue Canadian tobacco firms for health-care costs.
“B.C., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are retaining a national legal team to help them prosecute Canadian tobacco companies.
“…Every Canadian province and Nunavut have adopted legislation that seeks recovery of medicare costs against the tobacco industry, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”
While one arm of the BC’s Liberal government is paying favourite law firms to plan legal action against the tobacco industry, in fiscal 2012, bcIMC, another arm of government, increased investment holdings in the merchants of death.
Similarly, while ethical investment fund operators like Vancity are dumping bad pipeline businesses like the proposed Northern Gateway constructor, British Columbia’s investment agency increased its stake in ENBRIDGE by close to $300 million dollars in the last fiscal year.