Another brewery has filed a lawsuit against the Alberta NDP as a result of their unconstitutional beer tax and grant program.
Claiming sales have been impacted by the changes, the brewery which has 60% of their business based in Alberta, says under the old system they were charged 47 cents per litre but now pay $1.25 per litre. The cost of a flat of beer has risen by $6.67.
This is the second legal challenge in less than a year coming as a result of the NDP’s liquor markups with Ontario-based Steam Whistle previously being granted an injunction. Another challenge to the Agreement on Internal Trade surfaced when local beer importer Artisan Ales partnered with the Canadian Constitution Foundation in order to have their challenge heard by a panel.
The across the board increases implemented by the NDP are causing more problems and controversy. When the second change was implemented, the NDP gave Alberta breweries grants which provided them an unfair advantage over other beer businesses.
The Alberta NDP are effectively picking winners and losers in the beer market, but they aren’t solving any problems by doing so.
How many more court challenges are the NDP going to face over using taxpayer money in this manner before they reverse these unconstitutional markup programs?