July 16, 2016

Notley NDP’s NEW beer tax trades one form of protectionism for another: Albertans still lose

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Alberta NDP have changed how they’ll tax beer producers for the second time in eight months claiming in a news release all will be taxed the same at $1.25 per litre regardless of where production originates.

But they’ve also promised a grant to Alberta breweries to make up for the cost of the tax increase.

The NDP scheme from October 2015 saw gradual tax increases for breweries outside Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, provinces covered by the New West Partnership deal. Beer from outside is considered an import which may violate Section 121 of the Constitution requiring free trade between all provinces.

Ontario based brewer Steam Whistle filed a legal challenge and were granted an injunction. The case was to start next week but now the NDP have rushed to change the rules to avoid the court battle.

Watch my video as I explain why I think the NDP have just opened a new can of worms and with their attempt to put out one fire, they’ve just started another.

The NDP traded one form of protectionism for another. Businesses and consumers will suffer as outside breweries pass increases on to distributors who will pass costs to us and if BC and Saskatchewan breweries don’t get the same grant, this violates an important trade deal that damages interprovincial relationships.

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commented 2016-07-18 03:53:02 -0400
Chances are, there are a lot of Alberta breweries with unionized workers. I can’t think of any other reason why the NDP would pull this stunt.
commented 2016-07-17 11:40:46 -0400
Well Carrie Dodds , the problem is that those of that are philosophically conservative are simply not trained , adept or predisposed to what the leftists do best, which is agitate and protest. We hear all the time about activists and activism . But those are traits of the left, mainly because they are chronic malcontents or they are chronically disposed to meddling in other’s affairs in a desperate attempt to control our lives.
We do not need to become activists. That is a word of the left. They own it along with all the connotations it evokes.
However, I believe we need to become what I call PROACTIVISTS. Being proactive is totally congruent with who we are , conservatives and what we believe in, conservatism.
To answer your question , “how can we revolt” , I would suggest you start by writing a proper letter to your MLA demanding that he/she resign immediately. Demand a written reply and get as many of your friends as you can to do the same. Deliver it personally to the MLA office. What about your local riding associations? Are they doing anything at all to be PROACTIVE or are they just waiting until the next election to make their voices heard? ASK THEM
I don’t know if your MLA is an NDP , but if he or she is ,please take a can of beer over and drop it off with my regards.
commented 2016-07-17 08:26:45 -0400
How would you organize a march on constituency offices? I don’t want to just complain about this disaster dictatorship!! HOW CAN WE REVOLT?
commented 2016-07-16 23:35:46 -0400
That’s over $10 extra for a 24 case just in TAX !? for what??
commented 2016-07-16 22:05:28 -0400
Donald Allan,

The litter rap can be beaten by claiming you are providing cans and bottles to support the the underprivileged government union workers. Or the NDP MLA’s like the invisible energy minister. Take your pick since both groups have no employable skills and are deserving of charity.

commented 2016-07-16 21:19:44 -0400
All NDPee’ers should be pissed on by thousands.
commented 2016-07-16 21:04:34 -0400
They would have to be empty bottles but I would suggest Albertans take a couple of empty beer cans each and throw them on the lawn of the Legislature. You might get a ticket for littering but you could frame it and celebrate when the communists are defeated. I would also drop them off at the door of the individual NDP MLAs constituency offices . I am really wondering about Albertans reputation for being tough and rough. I don’t see anybody doing anything out there to protest the actions of this renegade communist government. If the situation was reversed , you can bet the protests would be long and hard. But whats up with us conservatives ? We need to talk and write less and start doing something with our feet.
commented 2016-07-16 20:14:13 -0400
just more tax and spend ndp bullshit, Kenny will have his hands full fixing up everything they have screwed up when they are kicked to the curb next election.
commented 2016-07-16 19:28:56 -0400
Stop wondering. You are probably right.
commented 2016-07-16 19:21:49 -0400
Hmmmmmm…. I wonder why these regressive champagne socialists are not taxing wine in the same way?

Hmmmm,mm,mm…I wonder why the consumer will be the one who pays the tax, but select Alberta breweries get the rebate.

HMMMMMMMM…I wonder if those select breweries are unionized, as opposed to most family run micros.
commented 2016-07-16 19:07:36 -0400
Notley, increasing the tax on Beer comes under the ‘Living Dangerously’ category.

NDPees never learn and they must love being known as Scum.
commented 2016-07-16 16:15:29 -0400
Alberta can’t wait three more years; march on the NDP’s constituency offices. These criminals are bent on destroying the province.
commented 2016-07-16 15:47:14 -0400