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Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Michel Kelly-Gagnon: Trade Barriers Between Provinces Cost You More Than You Think

Aug 12 2017

One of the motivations behind the founding of the Canadian federation was that, with the United States rejecting free-trade deals, there needed to be a unified market between the future provinces of Canada. Since then, Canadians have been free to move and live anywhere in the country, and it is

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Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Chris Varcoe: Why beer and politics don’t mix

Aug 08 2017

This is a story about beer and business, and what happens when they’re mixed with politics. Mostly, though, it’s about what happened to Calgary couple Mike Tessier and Bo Vitanov when they opened their own beer importing agency — and saw their business side-swiped by government policy designed to help

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Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Metro News: Panel says Alberta must change ‘discriminatory’ beer rebate

Jul 30 2017

An expert panel has determined Alberta’s rebate program for small Alberta brewers is “discriminatory” and violates Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Now they’re asking the province to change its policies to comply with the agreement within six months. The panel is assembled under the AIT to adjudicate disputes, which

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Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Mike Blanchard: Alberta government urged to scrap craft beer tax

Jul 30 2017

The Alberta government is being urged to scrap its craft beer tax after a trade panel ruled the levy is illegal. On Friday, a three-member panel ruled the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade.

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Lauren Heuser: Canada resists health-care reform, despite overwhelming evidence we need it

Lauren Heuser: Canada resists health-care reform, despite overwhelming evidence we need it

Jul 28 2017

On Monday, President Trump urged Republicans to “do the right thing” and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, legislation that extended health-care coverage to millions. The “right thing?” many Canadians are surely wondering, incredulously, given how thoroughly we’ve convinced ourselves of the merits of our own universal health care

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C.D. Howe Institute – Calling a Tariff a Tariff: Strike down Alberta’s Barriers on Beer

C.D. Howe Institute – Calling a Tariff a Tariff: Strike down Alberta’s Barriers on Beer

Jun 30 2017

Who would have guessed that the question of what kind of beer Canadians enjoy and the reason for this long weekend are so clearly entwined with constitutional declarations made 150 years ago. Canadians can raise a glass to our founders this weekend, and make a toast to their support of

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Breakenridge: Beer tariffs are a race to the bottom of the bottle

Breakenridge: Beer tariffs are a race to the bottom of the bottle

Jun 27 2017

Once again, Alberta’s NDP government is in a familiar position: defending the constitutionality of their craft brewery policy. While many Albertans might agree with the general idea of favouring local brewers or promoting the local industry — or even fighting fire with fire when it comes to protectionist policies —

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Neil Macdonald: Free trade between provinces? That would be anarchy

Neil Macdonald: Free trade between provinces? That would be anarchy

Jun 24 2017

If you’re on vacation abroad somewhere this summer and find yourself explaining to people over dinner what makes Canada so unique and special, use the story about Gerard Comeau and his beer run back in 2012. There is no more Canadian story than that. Comeau is a Canadian who, looking

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Åke Bloqvist: To fix health system we need to invite competition from private sector

Åke Bloqvist: To fix health system we need to invite competition from private sector

Jun 15 2017

Until a few years ago, the main concern in the Canadian debate over health policy was how to control costs. When provinces managed to restrain health-care spending growth to an average rate below that of the economy as a whole (since 2010), that concern subsided somewhat; we had “bent the

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