October 22, 2016

Alberta NDP’s liquor markups spark second court challenge: Great Western Brewing Co. files lawsuit

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

Another brewery has filed a lawsuit against the Alberta NDP as a result of their unconstitutional beer tax and grant program.

Great Western Brewing in Saskatchewan has filed a court challenge citing violation of constitutional protections and trade freedoms.

Claiming sales have been impacted by the changes, the brewery which has 60% of their business based in Alberta, says under the old system they were charged 47 cents per litre but now pay $1.25 per litre. The cost of a flat of beer has risen by $6.67.

This is the second legal challenge in less than a year coming as a result of the NDP’s liquor markups with Ontario-based Steam Whistle previously being granted an injunction. Another challenge to the Agreement on Internal Trade surfaced when local beer importer Artisan Ales partnered with the Canadian Constitution Foundation in order to have their challenge heard by a panel.

The across the board increases implemented by the NDP are causing more problems and controversy. When the second change was implemented, the NDP gave Alberta breweries grants which provided them an unfair advantage over other beer businesses.

The Alberta NDP are effectively picking winners and losers in the beer market, but they aren’t solving any problems by doing so.

How many more court challenges are the NDP going to face over using taxpayer money in this manner before they reverse these unconstitutional markup programs?

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commented 2016-10-23 11:33:05 -0400
Communists can’t run a lemonade stand. They like to pick and choose winners, when in reality they should let the market pick the winners and losers. This is why the communists will always fail at everything they touch. They are losers in every way. There need to be more checks and balances in our governments. They shouldn’t be allowed to implement ridiculous policies that hurt the people, and waste our tax dollars.
commented 2016-10-23 11:33:04 -0400
Communists can’t run a lemonade stand. They like to pick and choose winners, when in reality they should let the market pick the winners and losers. This is why the communists will always fail at everything they touch. They are losers in every way. There need to be more checks and balances in our governments. They shouldn’t be allowed to implement ridiculous policies that hurt the people, and waste our tax dollars.
commented 2016-10-22 23:28:16 -0400
Maybe the NDP should move out of our province in mass ! I’m 4th generation ALBERTAN . I’m staying! They.should be hung for treason ! Along with some other crooked politicians which I don’t even have to mention , anybody with a working brain knows who I’m writing about .
commented 2016-10-22 21:23:59 -0400
Is there nothing that Nutley won’t touch to screw up everything & create more job losses. I guess her 19% rating comes from her family & cabinet. She should be at 0% & even that is too high.
commented 2016-10-22 20:30:00 -0400
Bad move raising liquor prices – mass inebriation is the only thing between the Dip government and the lynch mob.
commented 2016-10-22 17:07:53 -0400
The reason things blow up in their face is because they are inexperienced plus incompetent and won’t take the time to do proper due diligence.
They’re arrogance won’t let them seek input from the affected parties and subsequently they just make stupid choices.
Times up.
Alberta needs to take this province back.
Not sure if Albertans can make it two more years.
Notely’s crew wonders why only 19% support for Nutley. 70% conservatives parties.
commented 2016-10-22 16:03:26 -0400
maybe its time to move out of Alberta in mass
commented 2016-10-22 15:26:24 -0400
Bo matter what the NDP does, it blows up in their face. Every time they tinker, people suffer and the result is usually lost jobs.

Motley should resign. The whole cabinet should resign. OK. The whole party should resign. Call a snap election and see how the voters feel about their destructive government.

Its frustrating watching the collapse of Alberta at the hands of this dilettante government. If the government truly feels for the people, each member of the NDP should take a 50% pay cut. Right. And pigs do fly.
commented 2016-10-22 15:06:51 -0400
They do not care , they use our money to fight the suits anyways.