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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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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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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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Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Decision: Alberta’s discriminatory beer tax violates Agreement on Internal Trade

Jul 28 2017

Today, an expert panel convened pursuant to the dispute resolution process of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) ruled that the Government of Alberta’s Small Brewers Development Program, which discriminates against out-of-province craft beers, does not comply with the province’s free trade obligations under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade. The

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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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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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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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