December 28, 2016

Alberta’s liquor control problems: A year of lawsuits, trade wars and protectionism

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

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.

To get an idea of how ridiculous these trade barriers are, legislation surrounding beer provides one of the best examples.

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.

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commented 2016-12-31 12:53:21 -0500
So your against the government protecting Alberta jobs and keeping foreign companies from runn N things… thought cons wanted Alberta oil at Canadian gas stations… thought Alberta wanted Alberta beef sold in Canadian restaurants….but this post says otherwise…sinces its against Alberta liquor being sold to Alberta people.
commented 2016-12-29 02:08:58 -0500
Policies like these are clearly made by idiots.
commented 2016-12-29 00:55:19 -0500
Canadian Mongrel that 20% is all the dead and non existent voters the left depends on.
commented 2016-12-28 14:42:20 -0500
In today’s mail is a card from the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission about their review of the boundaries resulting from the 20% increase in Alberta’s population and the need to make recommendations to the legislature Oct 31, 2017.

First: Many Albertans probably wonder about the so-called 20% increase with the number of friends and family they all know that have emigrated out of this disaster.

Second: What is a process for Gerrymander? I suggest this Non-Democratic Party electoral boundaries commission. I can see it now: 87 seats with 44 in Edmonchuk, 22 in Cowtown, and 22 evenly distributed among the small ridings that voted Non-Democrat. Anyone doubt this?
commented 2016-12-28 13:59:06 -0500
N is for no idea what what were doing on Carbon, beer, oil, electricity and Jobs.
D is for don.t care if anyone in Alberta likes it.
P is for how to
pissed off all the Alberta people are.
commented 2016-12-28 12:41:30 -0500
The working mans drink - beer
The ndp -
- remember when they were the working mans party , and now they’re the party from HElL
commented 2016-12-28 12:21:55 -0500
Messing with our beer … unforgivable!