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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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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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