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Sylvain Charlebois: The measly $292.50 that could have transformed Canada’s agrifood sector

Sylvain Charlebois: The measly $292.50 that could have transformed Canada’s agrifood sector

Jul 09 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling earlier this year on interprovincial trade barriers represents a significant loss for consumers and for the Canadian economy at a time it can least afford it. But it was a great win for inertia. In 2012, Gérard Comeau bought 344 bottles of beer, two

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Chris Varcoe: Third time should be a charm to fix NDP’s broken beer program

Chris Varcoe: Third time should be a charm to fix NDP’s broken beer program

Jun 22 2018

How many times do you need to be proven wrong before you make something right? For the Notley government, three times should be the answer when it comes to its ham-handed attempts to give Alberta’s craft brewing industry a hand up. Instead, it’s been caught giving a hand out to

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Michelle Bellefontaine: Alberta ordered to pay Saskatchewan, Ontario breweries $2.1M over beer tax

Michelle Bellefontaine: Alberta ordered to pay Saskatchewan, Ontario breweries $2.1M over beer tax

Jun 20 2018

A judge has ordered the Alberta government to pay nearly $2.1 million in restitution to two out-of-province breweries after she found beer markups that favoured Alberta craft brewers violate the Canadian Constitution. Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Gillian Marriott found Saskatchewan’s Great Western Brewing Company is entitled to receive

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Michelle Bellefontaine: Alberta ordered to amend or repeal craft brewer grant program

Michelle Bellefontaine: Alberta ordered to amend or repeal craft brewer grant program

Jun 12 2018

A Government of Alberta program to help small craft brewers has been ruled non-compliant under the Agreement of Internal Trade — a setback to the province’s much-touted program to diversify the economy. Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Monday the province will review the decision and consult with stakeholders before deciding

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Dean Bennett: Trade panel ruling slams Alberta’s craft beer subsidy program

Dean Bennett: Trade panel ruling slams Alberta’s craft beer subsidy program

Jun 12 2018

Alberta’s subsidy plan to boost its own craft beer industry has been hammered again by a trade panel ruling. READ MORE: Alberta NDP’s beer tax contravenes Canadian internal trade rules: panel An appeal panel under the Agreement on Internal Trade has upheld an earlier decision that provincial subsidies to assist

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Jim Bronskill: Jehovah’s Witness cannot appeal expulsion to a judge, Supreme Court rules

Jim Bronskill: Jehovah’s Witness cannot appeal expulsion to a judge, Supreme Court rules

Jun 04 2018

A Jehovah’s Witness who was expelled from a Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a decision that affirms the general right of religious organizations to govern their own affairs. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court said the

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National Post View: The Supreme Court offers its foolish beer decision to a foolish nation

National Post View: The Supreme Court offers its foolish beer decision to a foolish nation

Apr 20 2018

The Supreme Court’s decision this week in the “Free the Beer” case could drive you to drink. Not that you’ll have many beverage options to choose from. At least not Canadian ones. The case, R. vs. Comeau, related to charges laid against Gerard Comeau, a New Brunswick man who would

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Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Leonid Sirota: Unmaking History

Apr 20 2018

In the “free the beer” case, the Supreme Court shows ― again ― that it is the spoiled child of the Constitution When it accepted to pronounce on the constitutionality of non-tariff barriers to inter-provincial trade, the Supreme Court had a chance to make history. In R v Comeau, 2018

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Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Emmett Macfarlane: In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

Apr 19 2018

It seems inevitable that the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Comeau decision, in what will forever be known as “the Beer Case,” will go down as controversial and perhaps even deeply unpopular. There’s little surprise that public opinion polls overwhelmingly oppose laws restricting Canadians’ ability to buy liquor in

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