November 13, 2016

4 ways governments across Canada block beer freedom

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Interprovincial trade barriers are responsible for major losses to the Canadian economy. Whether it’s the direct hit on businesses or the way extra costs get passed on to consumers, it’s a complicated and costly issue and our governments are responsible for it. 

There are many misconceptions surrounding the issue including the idea that Alberta is the only province that suffers from interprovincial trade barriers.

That misconception is fuelled by the recent controversy surrounding the NDP implementing an unconstitutional tax and grant program on beer.

Watch as I run through the four categories these barriers fall into and provide some examples of each across the country.

I’m just scratching the surface here. In some provinces there are trade deals that cut other regions out, some have warehousing systems that are more advantageous, and some take measures to completely keep imported beer from crossing their borders.

Not only is it a complicated issue but it’s also a Canada-wide problem.

If you want to see change, please stop by Let our governments know that trade barriers within our own country are absolutely unacceptable.

Not only do we deserve free trade within our own country, it’s our constitutional right under Section 121.

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commented 2016-11-14 02:36:35 -0500
Holly… So glad you mentioned Nova Scotia… Having lived there previously for six years I can attest to the fact that the highest mark-ups in Canada on beer and wine and booze is the way that government is trying to stay viable and pave its shoddy roads…. Although the price of a bottle of hooch in the Yukon also makes one nurse each drop and “milk” the bottle to the last drop…
commented 2016-11-13 22:45:11 -0500
I don’t know if it has changed, but tradesmen from outside Quebec aren’t allowed to work in Quebec, but Quebec tradesmen are allowed to work outside Quebec. Ergo, there is no freedom of movement for work. Just as regressive (aka progressive) as the beer duties and charges.
commented 2016-11-13 17:49:16 -0500
The entire beer situation is just an example that Canada is not a true federation. Blocking transportation infrastructure between provinces is an even more serious example. The maritime were leary of confederation considering it a ploy of The Canadas to create an empire. PEI even stayed out until 1873 and Newfoundland until 1949. The Prairies felt the full imperial weight of the old Canadas, by not being allowed control of resources, including farm land until 1931.

Nope, we are not a confederation but just a loose collection of colonies of the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal axis. Time to declare independence.
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