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.
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.