July 29, 2016

Alberta breweries pleased with grants BUT trade partners and taxpayers won’t be happy

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The NDP have released plans for the beer grants they’ll be doling out for Alberta breweries, a move that came after the second change to beer taxes in the province in eight months.

I previously reported on the other changes which may have been unconstitutional in addition to breaking the New West Partnership Trade Agreement between Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

And now, BC and Saskatchewan are claiming that they are being treated unfairly by the new rules and that it violates the New West Partnership agreement.

The NDP did not extend the grant programs to their trade partners yesterday and the details are pretty thin but they did announce that Alberta breweries that produce 300,000 hectolitres or less are eligible to apply for the grant and that the grants will cost taxpayers $20 million per year according to Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, O’Neil Carlier.

Judging by what little we know, it seems the NDP are making things up as they go.

The rules surrounding the grants are unclear, but what is certain is that the tax is unconstitutional and that the Alberta government is alienating their trade partners.

It appears they continue to dig themselves deeper into a hole they won’t be able to get out of.

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commented 2016-07-30 09:19:26 -0400
It will likely get a WTO challenge, which the Nutly loons would lose and have to pay damages.
commented 2016-07-30 02:03:46 -0400
Nonymous got a kink for real women, maybe leave the bath house ?
commented 2016-07-30 01:56:19 -0400
Hi Holly. I love how you know so much about beer and guns.
commented 2016-07-29 22:06:49 -0400
This is definitely a violation of the constitution for one and this is a typical move for this government to hand out meaningless grants. wtf.
commented 2016-07-29 19:40:23 -0400
HOLLY , that hole they’re digging isn’t for them , it’s for the Albertans
Looking forward to see how this all plays out , there could be repercussions from their trading partner provinces
They really don’t know what they’re doing, it’s like watching the Indy 500 , you know there’s gonna be some wrecks , probably a bunch of crashed laddas
commented 2016-07-29 19:23:18 -0400
Does the NDP grasp anything? Other than tax dollars i mean. Their demented desire for control is so frazzled they will start ordering themselves around , they already want to sue themselves for crying out loud.