April 12, 2019

Will Jason Kenney end the NDP war on Alberta brewers?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

On this week's episode of The Gunn Show, Bo Vitanov of Calgary's Artisan Ales joined me to discuss the Alberta NDP’s ongoing legal battle with brewers.

It all started in late 2015 when overnight, the Alberta government raised the beer tax on out-of-province beers by up to 166 per cent.

Two Canadian brewers, one based in Saskatoon and the other in Toronto, took the Alberta government to court, arguing that the tax hike amounted to an interprovincial barrier to free trade which was a violation of the constitution.

After three years of legal wrangling, a court ruled in favour of Great Western Brewing and Steam Whistle Brewing, awarding $2M total in restitution to the two companies.

Consequently, Alberta taxpayers are on the hook to two out-of-province companies because the NDP thought they could do things that were not allowed.

But instead of cutting their losses, the NDP continue to drag these two private companies back to court to appeal the restitution order.

WATCH my interview with Bo to see what signals the UCP have been giving on addressing this issue.

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