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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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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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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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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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CBC Radio: Howard Anglin – Comeau at the Supreme Court

CBC Radio: Howard Anglin – Comeau at the Supreme Court

May 05 2017

May 5, 2017 The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear arguments for getting rid of limits on how much alcohol you’re allowed to transport between provinces. Terry Seguin talks to the executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.

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Power and Politics: May 4, 2017 – Comeau heads to the Supreme Court

Power and Politics: May 4, 2017 – Comeau heads to the Supreme Court

May 04 2017

CCF Executive Director Howard Anglin on why a beer case (R. v. Comeau) before the Supreme Court of Canada could have resounding effects across the entire economy.

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Ottawa Citizen: Let’s stop denying need for private health care

Ottawa Citizen: Let’s stop denying need for private health care

Apr 27 2017

The question is debated frequently and fiercely: If you have the money, should you be able to purchase health care privately? Here’s the question that should always go with it: What practical alternative do Ontarians have, as the population ages and demands on the system only accelerate? Thursday’s provincial budget

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