January 25, 2017

British Columbia’s protectionist wine policy spills into U.S. trade dispute

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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. 

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commented 2017-01-27 00:23:45 -0500
Is it hypocritical of the US co’s to demand protectionist policies be eliminated when Trump is doing just that across the US?
commented 2017-01-26 03:55:50 -0500
And, if no politicians are willing to confront this negation of the Act of Confederation why should we observe any other act?,,,
commented 2017-01-26 03:51:28 -0500
Good post Harold Hoff… There is so much inter -provincial bullshit already that Canada is ripe for getting it’s nose bloodied on North American agreements.. Provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia, and the federal government, have been getting away with this crap for decades, and, obviously not confronting provincial “games”, that even even a basic questioning of of “who’s doing what” would be most welcome.. And, I do believe, such “trade tariffs” have always been illegal under the the Canadian Constitution?… No?…
commented 2017-01-25 20:35:39 -0500
I think there should be protectionist trade legislation between the western provinces and the central Canada and the east…. because I think Western Canada needs to be a separate country. After we separate, then we can negotiate a trade deal.
commented 2017-01-25 19:40:12 -0500
It’s rather absurd that we have a Federal Gov’t giving lip service to global free trade, open borders, etc. when there is not even free trade between our own provinces. Anyone else see anything wrong with this picture? Clean up your own house first before you go espousing the clean up of others.. me thinks.
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