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Jan 12, 2023
Wholesalers that supply reserve retailers must follow provincial laws when deals expire, Higgs says
Premier Blaine Higgs says he doesn’t expect major disruptions when Wolastoqey tax-sharing agreements expire at the end of the month because there will be legal consequences if reserves ignore provincial tax laws.
In two interviews with CBC News, Higgs would not say what he thinks would happen Feb. 1 if bands implement their own tax laws that undercut neighbouring off-reserve businesses.
Wholesalers and distributors who supply on-reserve businesses would find themselves in legal jeopardy if they continued delivering products to a reserve refusing to comply with tax laws, he said.
“Many suppliers don’t just supply on the First Nations,” he told CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton on Friday. “They supply the entire province. And there are provincial rules around that in terms of retail, in terms of your licence to be in the province