February 22, 2016

Hard to swallow: How Alberta NDP’s beer tax increase is more than just a fiscal problem

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The new NDP tax on beer produced outside of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan is unconstitutional.  

Under the Constitution - goods entering one province from another, shouldn’t be taxed. The overnight tax has now been applied and it’s affecting profit margins significantly, even causing some businesses to leave the Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan market, which is now affecting beer selection in the province.

I decided to go out and talk to some of these business owners in Calgary to see exactly how this tax is affecting them.

I stopped in with Mike Tessier and Bo Vitanov - owners of Artisan Ales, Geoff Allan – manager at Bottlescrew Bill’s and John Beskas – owner of Oak and Vine liquor stores. Their answers were very similar – the tax has significantly affected businesses by affecting profit margins. Not only this, but the way they do business has changed and owners are finding creative ways to sell their products, or even moving their business elsewhere.

Mike and Bo have been proactive in this situation and have written letters to Joe Ceci – who states that “the changes...are intended to make this province more attractive for setting up production facilities that use regional agricultural products,” showing the Minister and the NDP are completely out of touch on the subject since breweries outside of Alberta use Alberta barley.

Business prosperity and the Alberta economy are non-partisan issues, but the NDP are making them one.

All these businesses really want is for the tax to be reversed, so that they can continue sharing their passion with the rest of the market.

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commented 2016-02-23 11:03:30 -0500
The real embarrassing question for the NDP is what exactly happened with Tobacco Gate? That is one file they don’t want any public scrutiny of. It seems strange considering the fact they had nothing to do with Redford’s decision but now they treat this as some sort of state secret.

Just who are they covering for? Obviously it has to be a group of senior bureaucrats with connections to the current regime.
commented 2016-02-23 11:00:21 -0500
It should be noted that Notley and the NDP are going through with the special-invite meet & greet with the Premier and Cabinet members. The event, which is by invitation only, costs $250 per head. The buyers gets 10 mins. with the Premier and Cabinet members. But if $1,000 is paid, the buyer gets a one hour meet with the Premier and Cabinet members, prior to the main event, which they may also attend.

Didn’t Notley once declare that such events smacked of cronyism and influence pedalling?
commented 2016-02-22 20:32:19 -0500
Keep up the fight against taxing beer!
commented 2016-02-22 13:02:00 -0500
I think George Clark’s “Albertans First” movement has traction and is headed in the right direction politically, democratically, legally and constitutionally – and it has the best chance for success for toppling a government with no confidence of the majority of voters.

The Wizard of Oz Fable could have been an allegory for the predicament Albertans find themselves in –

• Dorothy is the average Albertan just looking for a way back to independent security and prosperity,
• The Tin Man is Alberta’s industrial sector which is rusted into inactivity and needs oil to become free and mobile again, the socialists say he has no heart because he needs oil.
• The Scarecrow is the independent farmer of Alberta who has been accused of having no brain because he wants to scare the raiding crows of socialism out of hos corn patch
• The Cowardly Lion is the old conservative political guard who continue to split the majority conservative vote and who are content to just sit in quiet opposition for 4 years before they do it again.
• The Wicked Witch of the East is the Laurentian power elite – Dorothy kills them when she enters OZ– just as plentiful Alberta energy empowered Alberta and disempowered the transport and off-shore oil monopolies of eastern kleptocratic cartels.
• Notley is the Wicked Witch of the West (sister to the wicked witch of the east) who hates Dorothy (Albertas) for hurting her sister (eastern Klepto-socialism) and being economically independent and resistant to public union cronyism and welfare state blackmail.
• Oz is Edmonton and the Wizard is the National NDP political apparatus in the Premier’s office which project an image of thundering omnipotence, but in actuality are a small feeble entity hidden behind a curtain pulling levers and switches to produce the phony thundering image of impregnable power the public see in the politically managed media. Just like in the original fable, Dorothy (common Albertans) have always had the power to “go home”. This magic vehicle is portrayed in the OZ allegory as the ruby/silver slippers Dorothy has worn since arrival OZ land, she kjust neets to utilize them to go home –the ruby slippers Albertans have is constitutional right to referendum. Properly deployed, this powerful democratic weapon can bring down the biggest government – all by grass roots people.
commented 2016-02-22 12:35:16 -0500
Excellent report, Holly.
commented 2016-02-22 12:17:08 -0500
I venture the prediction that Alberta’s “underground” economy will be booming in a year or so. It did in BC when the NDPiggers got in there. Governments hate underground economies -and it’s our only prerogative when a government turns on it’s citizen tax payers. Taxpayers are ultimately the BOSS – just like the oil investment people. Didn’t take them long to show Nutley the error of her ways.
commented 2016-02-22 12:07:58 -0500
The reason communists are against a Free Press and Free Speech, is because they need to hide their ongoing blunders from the masses.

Great job Holly!! Keep reporting those blundering fools!!
commented 2016-02-22 12:02:42 -0500
Evelyn. The Canada Constitution Act divides up power and boundaries in Canada. Which level of Gov has jurisdiction over laws and powers to tax. So municipal, would be things like garbage collection, health care for example is provincial, and banking for example, would be Federal. But there’s trade rules also. Holly points out, that when something is imported from another province, the rules state the receiving province can’t add a tax to it, as presumably it was taxed initially in the home province. (Though their could be a sales tax in some provinces). Hope that helps.

Incredible, that they’d just keep making things worse and worse. Trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, trying make up for other bad decisions with more bad decisions. In Venezuela, it takes a year for your car purchase to arrive, causing the price of re-sale cars, available instantly, to go through the roof. So instead of opening up the market, they did what all psychotic Lefty’s do, that stacked one stupidity on top of another, writing laws to limit the price of used cars, which I presume, the locals are finding ways around, creating a black market (you can’t stop capitalism no matter how hard you try!).
commented 2016-02-22 11:57:19 -0500
The problem is Andrew, that the sheople who voted that lunatic into power are the people who are either benefiting (unions) from her absurdness or are not even affected at all. This is the result of allowing the lunatics to have voting ability. Not any different than allowing jailed criminals to vote
commented 2016-02-22 11:36:17 -0500
In 3 and a half years all of Canada is gonna here a big noise comeing from Alberta,—the grinding of the gears into reverse and pop the clutch and step on it
commented 2016-02-22 11:35:08 -0500
Socialist utopia – just the NDP selling heaven and delivering hell.

This is a lesson to all you moody Canadians. You choose a nazi party and you get this. You deserve what you voted for – what you chose.

And all the excuses you invent as to why you chose the NDP nazi party is crap.

FOUR MOAR YEARS OF HELL IN ALBERTA!!! (PS: global economy will collapse sooner)
commented 2016-02-22 11:30:40 -0500
Great report HOLLY —this can all be reversed —right ??
commented 2016-02-22 11:27:37 -0500
it’s just politicians ‘serving’ their people.
you hear that Alberta, you just got served!
by a politician no less.
how did it feel to be served?
commented 2016-02-22 11:16:36 -0500
Great “insider” report Holly, stay on this issue.
Craft brewing is always a good indicator of the economic health of a region. Quantity and diversity of craft brewers indicates a shift from national corporatism to regional enterprise-and it indicates the level of enlightenment in the local consumer markets.

That said, I had always considered Alberta as lagging behind the trend to locally crafted beers from mass produced corporate sports bar beer. Minhas tapped into this low end brewski market, mid end import beer market, but recently have a foot in the local craft brewing market as well.

It would be very telling to interview Ravi Minhas or his Sister to find out what this protectionist brewing tax represents to their enterprise. I think they have a finger on the pulse of the brewing business
commented 2016-02-22 11:00:21 -0500
February 22, 2016
Dear Diary;
I’d better pay attention to this one. There’s a move afoot in Alberta to oust my loyal left-wing anti-oil lieutenant Rachel in a coup d’etat. It’s being called a kudatah but, because I reed and rite fonetically, they’re not clever enough to pull the wool over my eyes. It looks like some upstart called George Clark is behind it. Now, I’ve no idea what “Albertans First” is supposed to mean but I’ve heard he’s also involved in that too.
Apparently an NDP membership can be bought for as little as $1, so their plan is for lots and lots of Albertans to sign up and then wield power from within, maybe even to overthrow her. I think it’s a really dirty trick to play on such a nice lady, after all it’s not like she’s ever done anything nasty or mean spirited to anyone, especially to honest, hard-working Albertans.
My dear readers are probably wondering why I suddenly seem so concerned about someone else’s welfare, especially Westerners. Ah, my zombies are a canny lot. But of course I don’t care. You see, being an insightful visionary, I know that it’s important for me to learn from this. When the word gets out to the common people that my 21,000 voters, oops, I mean immigrants, oops, I mean refugees, are almost all fakes who have been living peacefully, renting houses and apartments, in towns and cities like Beirut and Amman for years, things could get a little awkward for me. It’s one thing to use a few lies to pin the deaths of refugees on Stevie and Chris and make them look bad, but it’s something else if the truth makes me look bad, especially when I’ve been playing on the compassion and generosity of all the Canadians I’ve duped and playing them for fools to benefit myself.
Anyway, I’ll be watching Rachel to see how she deals with her revolting people. Will she placate them by throwing a couple of cabinet members under the bus? Will she hire more big thugs to bully some more press reporters? Maybe she’ll take a leaf out of my book and just make up a lot of new rules to block the progress of anything she might not like.
Meanwhile I might be coming into a bit of a quandary over something called, err, ah, um, BDS, em, what’s that Gerald? No, not now, I’m in the middle of something. Wait until later.
commented 2016-02-22 10:42:57 -0500
What does unconstitutional mean (at least in Canada)? I presume it’s just a market segment and specialty for Law firms and an income/job guarantee for Government legal departments.