September 01, 2015

Free (our) beer! What Trudeau, Mulcair say about provincial alcohol trade barriers

Brian LilleyArchive

Yesterday I told you about Canada's confusing (and unconstitutional) alcohol laws, and the divergent pricing from one province to the next.

Today, I'm reporting from Gatineau (formerly Hull) Quebec, just across from Ottawa.

You may be able to hear the heavy traffic behind me, as people travel from one province to the other to get beer, wine and liquor at lower prices.

PM Harper agrees that the situation is "ridiculous."

But what did Justin Trudeau say when I asked him about this unconstitutional law? What about Tom Mulcair?

Watch and find out!

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commented 2015-09-05 14:24:44 -0400
Brian, if you had beer with you I could understand, but, Molsons, well it’s hardly beer.
commented 2015-09-03 10:49:03 -0400
Trudeau did not actually say he thinks people should be able to bring liquor from province to province… Seems to dance around it and say “Sit down with the provinces and work out a deal with them”… A deal, a compromise, does not sound like following the Rule of Law. Just like the Ontario Liberals on “carding” (Section 8 violation), the Public Safety minister is getting public opinion to make a deal/compromise on “carding”. No legislation or “rules” needed. “Carding” is UNLAWFUL. Alcohol rackets are UNLAWFUL. Again, while an NDP win would be terrible, I still get the sense that a Trudeau victory would be a million times further left than even the NDP.
commented 2015-09-02 22:23:12 -0400
The provinces should be working this out between themselves if they wish to remain in Confederation. Suggesting that the Central Gov’t should be beating them over the heads is ludicrous, however fully in line with the Lieberal “admiration of Communist Dictatorships”!
commented 2015-09-02 12:26:09 -0400
Lo, listen to wee Justie place the blame on Harper! Sounds like a school kid: “Yes, you did!”, “No, I didn’t!”. As Brian Kelly stated, this is a provincial matter!
commented 2015-09-02 10:58:25 -0400
If you indulge in racketeering by imposing illegal inter-provincial trade barriers; then you might be a communist.
Vote A-B-C
Anything But Communism
commented 2015-09-02 09:40:11 -0400
It has nothing to do with a PM sitting down with the provincial counter parts and has everything to do with the provincial governments unwilling to change those laws. These are provincial matters and must be dealt with by the province, if they are unwilling then they are looking at this as tax revenue only.
commented 2015-09-02 08:33:46 -0400
There ways to take control. A big one will be through regulation of production facilities. How many slapped together and professional grow ops would pass building code for high moisture facilities?
commented 2015-09-01 22:15:48 -0400
I don’t think we have to worry about government monopolies dealing marijuana; they would never be able to compete with the dealers.
commented 2015-09-01 21:52:52 -0400
The provinces will absolutely not relinquish control of alcohol sales. There is far too many provincial tax dollars at stake.

Speaking of marijuana, it’ll be rather amusing to see how quickly the socialist governments will latch onto control of distribution and taxation after it becomes legalized. Think tobacco, just more intense.
commented 2015-09-01 20:36:15 -0400
Our beer will not be free as long as Ontarians and other taxpayers are dumb enough to allow LCBO to call the taxes they collect “profit” 5 billion “profit” on 40 billion sales? Really? Why do so many accept this? LCBO is NOT profitable. Neither is CRA. LCBO is a cash cow???? For who? Not taxpayers.
commented 2015-09-01 20:11:05 -0400
“The demons from capitalist hell will break forth and send the polar bears to the Antarctic and the penguins to the Arctic.”

That’s terrible news, Charles! Oh well, we knew it would come to this one day.
commented 2015-09-01 19:29:23 -0400
But Brian, once you free the beer and wine, imagine the anarchy! Next thing you know, this charter ruling could be applied to shipping Alberta oil across to New Brunswick refineries by pipeline. Can you just imagine what will happen then. The demons from capitalist hell will break forth and send the polar bears to the Antarctic and the penguins to the Arctic. The anarchy that will ensue from freedom of choice will be just , just, Justin!

Too true Joan, both posts.
commented 2015-09-01 19:20:25 -0400
Trudeau is more interested in freeing up the international drug trade than he is in freeing booze trade between provinces while Mulcair just wants the power to tax booze more. Oh the hyperbole !!
commented 2015-09-01 19:17:37 -0400
Ahh, fond memories of crossing the bridge.