December 26, 2018

Artisan Ales' bitter-sweet victory against Notley NDP is a win for Alberta (Guest: Bo Vitanov)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


From the beginning, we’ve been covering the story of how the Notley NDP started tinkering with liquor prices in Alberta.

Almost immediately after taking office, they enacted protectionist policies against beer imports and simultaneously started subsidizing Alberta microbrewers every single month with grants.

It was a poorly thought-out plan to bolster Alberta's small brewing industry that picked winners and losers and brought unintended consequences as importers were then burdened with trying to sell a much more expensive product into a market proliferated with government subsidized beers.

The protectionist policies and beer tax hikes spawned trade disputes between provinces and legal challenges pitting Alberta small businesses against the government.

Trade tribunal after trade tribunal ruled against the government but they persisted with frivolous appeals that kept importers embroiled in expensive legal battles in order to exhaust their resources.

But now, those small businesses have utterly defeated the government, forcing them to repeal their taxes and tariffs, bringing them back to 2015 levels before the government tried to “fix” what was never broken.

And a six pack of beer is about to get a whole lot cheaper in Alberta in 2019.

Joining me tonight to tell her side of the story about how she fought the government behemoth and won, is Bo Vitanov from Artisan Ales.

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commented 2019-04-25 02:12:31 -0400
Sheila Gunn Reid. You are one EXCELLENT REPORTER. KUDOS!!!!!! Thank You for putting up info that cannot be gotten anywhere else.
commented 2019-01-01 17:30:49 -0500
- The government has the money & the resources but when the ones in charge are there because of their political beliefs & not ability & when they hire staff based on the same criteria you get what we have here & will have again when parts of the Liberals pot legalization is challenged.
commented 2018-12-27 21:26:18 -0500
I don’t drink the stuff but I’m so pleased with Bo and how she fought the NDP. And like you said, Sheila, those people ARE the destroyers. Their like King Midas in reverse. Everything they touch turns to dung.
commented 2018-12-27 16:56:36 -0500
☠️ to socialism !
commented 2018-12-27 11:01:42 -0500
commented 2018-12-27 08:55:03 -0500
Ain’t no tears in my Beers…Anymore.
commented 2018-12-26 23:18:35 -0500
The gov’t can’t be the bootleggers! That’s against the point. Btw, what a pretty smile, Shelia. Keep smiling with your beers.
commented 2018-12-26 23:15:32 -0500
Nice to here about a win against a socialist government taxing things to save an imaginary victim to serve their own extravagance and self righteous posturing. Only in Alberta!
Hopefully the story in 2019 will be its expulsion from Alberta for the next 40 years.
Merry Christmas Sheila and a happy new year!