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It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

It was about squeezing beer drinkers for more money

Jun 08 2017

What motivated Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer back in October 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while leveling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Internal government documents filed with the court in connection with Steam

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Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Follow the entire Constitution, not just the parts you like

Jun 07 2017

It’s a little bit rich for me when I hear the Alberta Government invoke the constitution to explain why the new NDP-Green coalition government in BC cannot block a federally approved pipeline. The Alberta government is only a friend of convenience when it comes to the constitution. It shouldn’t be

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Law being used to silence political speech on Facebook

Law being used to silence political speech on Facebook

Jun 04 2017

Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, sometimes it gets removed. Karen MacKinnon, a former councillor from the Alberta town of Drumheller, knows this from experience. On March 25, 2011, MacKinnon was arrested and charged with defamatory libel under section 301 of the Criminal Code after she posted on Facebook

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Anna McMillan: Alberta importer says beer tax made profits plunge: ‘A policy destroyed our business’

Anna McMillan: Alberta importer says beer tax made profits plunge: ‘A policy destroyed our business’

Jun 01 2017

Owners of a Calgary-based beer importing company say changes to provincial beer taxation have destroyed their business. They took their complaint to the Internal Trade Secretariat Thursday in Edmonton. Mike Tessier, president of Artisan Ales, believes the changes the Alberta government made to beer tax policies in 2015 and 2016

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Release: CCF supporting Karen MacKinnon in free speech case

Release: CCF supporting Karen MacKinnon in free speech case

May 24 2017

Calgary, Alberta—The Canadian Constitution Foundation supports Karen MacKinnon as she takes her free speech fight to Supreme Court of Canada. We hope the Supreme Court of Canada finally resolves the dubious constitutional status of section 301 of the Criminal Code, which is used in cases like Karen’s to punish speech

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Is Saskatchewan rehabilitating section 33 of the Charter?

Is Saskatchewan rehabilitating section 33 of the Charter?

May 19 2017

Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, known as the “notwithstanding clause,” has just about acquired the status of a zombie law in recent decades, left largely untouched by legislatures (at least in the Rest of Canada). Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently took on the role of

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Gordon Kent: Trade panel hearing liquor store’s challenge to Alberta craft brewery tax in June

Gordon Kent: Trade panel hearing liquor store’s challenge to Alberta craft brewery tax in June

May 13 2017

A trade panel hearing is scheduled in Edmonton June 1 into a Calgary liquor importer’s complaint that Alberta’s system of beer taxation violates trade agreements. The province has imposed a $1.25-per-litre markup on beer, but last August introduced a rebate for Alberta craft brewers to support the local industry. Artisan

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Release: Hearing Scheduled To Fight Alberta Government’s Unconstitutional Barrier To Trade

Release: Hearing Scheduled To Fight Alberta Government’s Unconstitutional Barrier To Trade

May 10 2017

Artisan Ales hearing scheduled to fight Alberta government’s unconstitutional barrier to trade Calgary, AB—Artisan Ales’s trade complaint against the Government of Alberta under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) is scheduled for a hearing before an independent, expert panel at 9:00 am on June 1, 2017. The Government of Saskatchewan

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Laura Payton: Supreme Court of Canada will consider border booze case

Laura Payton: Supreme Court of Canada will consider border booze case

May 10 2017

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is going to consider the case of Gerard Comeau, a man who was charged for buying beer in Quebec and taking it home to New Brunswick. The case could have wide-ranging implications for cross-border trade within Canada, potentially tearing down the imaginary walls

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