It’s the end of the year, so I thought I’d give a run down of where things stand with interprovincial trade barriers in Canada. A lot has happened over the course of the year!
This is one of my favourite issues to shed light on because despite the promise given to us in our constitution as a benefit of amalgamation, we aren’t free to trade labour or goods across provincial borders in Canada.
In Canada, we have both provincial and federal legislation in place that controls beer and liquor markets.
We have federal laws that restrict direct-to-consumer shipments and provincially, transporting booze from province to province is also controlled by legislation.
To see how crazy the legislation can get, look to Alberta.
Consider that in just one and a half years and between two governments, beer markups have changed three times.
Watch as I run through all of the complications involved with beer due to poor legislation which is made even more complicated when governments get involved.
There are many examples of red tape causing billions of dollars of losses to the economy and restricting our ability to freely trade goods despite the guarantee under the constitution, not to mention all of the other issues that come along with this kind of government overreach that ultimately, only benefits the government.