Canada’s provincial trade barriers are starting to affect trade relationships with our most important partner, the United States.
In April of 2015, the government of British Columbia made it possible for BC wine to be sold in BC grocery stores. So far, fourteen stores have licenses but none have taken up the more expensive option of having separate shelf space for imported wine, and this is where the issue arises because the United States says BC wines are given an unfair advantage.
I’ve done several videos which explain why interprovincial trade barriers are terrible for the Canadian economy and especially for Canadian consumers. It’s estimated that we’re losing billions of dollars as a result of poor legislation and red tape but these barriers also limit our choices – choices that we have a right to under the Canadian Constitution.
The US government now says that if an agreement can’t be reached under their challenge that BC amend its regulations to allow their wine products into stores, they will go to the next step and request a dispute panel with the World Trade Organization.
If they do, the chances for a U.S. win are favourable. The Obama Administration has won every single one of the 26 complaints they launched.
I’ll keep you in the loop on this issue when more news comes and in the meantime, please sign and share my petition at www.BeerFreedom.ca if you haven't already done so.