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Not Admitted Free: Interprovincial trade barriers in alcohol

Not Admitted Free: Interprovincial trade barriers in alcohol

Jun 29 2018

Published on June 29, 2018 by Canadian Constitution Foundation, this report takes a critical look at Canada’s interprovincial barriers to trade in alcohol. Comparing and ranking the provinces, the report considers factors such as: price relative to other goods, openness to interprovincial trade, range of products available, whether provincial regulations

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Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

Feb 20 2018

The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long run means less for all of us. The dust-up began Jan. 30 as the B.C.

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Barriers violate founder’s vision

Barriers violate founder’s vision

Sep 13 2017

It turns out our Fathers of Confederation knew what they were doing. One hundred and fifty years ago, they faced an American administration turning inward and protectionist. The year before, in 1866, President Andrew Johnson had torn up the Reciprocity Treaty, our first free-trade agreement with the United States. They

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The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

The government needs to rethink its proposed legislation to amend The Tobacco Act, and instead base its policies on the evidence

Sep 08 2017

The backlash against “evidence-based policy” turns out to have been unnecessary: the fad was over before it started. This is hardly surprising, considering very few politicians who drop the phrase into their stump speeches can explain what it means. While the phrase still finds its way into the odd government

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When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

When the police come knocking over feisty Facebook comments

Aug 02 2017

“In some countries, insulting politicians can lead to jail.” That’s the provocative subtitle of a recent article in The Economist that lumped Canada in with Burma, China and Vietnam as countries that still prosecute citizens who defame public officials. It may come as a surprise to find ourselves in such

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New Brunswick should raise a glass to Gérard Comeau

New Brunswick should raise a glass to Gérard Comeau

Jul 07 2017

New Brunswickers are now enjoying significantly lower beer prices thanks to Gerard Comeau, his team of pro bono lawyers and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Where a 24-can pack of beer like Budweiser or Coors used to cost $43, it’s now only $36. That’s because, last spring, a New Brunswick court

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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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