April 08, 2016

Here’s why Notley “doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on” with unconstitutional beer tax

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Alberta budget is being announced next Thursday and businesses owners and consumers are waiting to see if the NDP will roll back its unconstitutional beer tax.

An injunction was granted to Steam Whistle recently regarding the tax that was implemented in October of 2015, that saw taxes increase up to $1.05 per litre for importers and brewers outside of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan wanting to sell their product in the province.

I talked to Derek From at the Canadian Constitution Foundation, who has been following up on the Steam Whistle case, in which the argument is built on Section 121 of the Constitution and in particular, the Gold Seal decision from 1921. We also talked about some of the repercussions that the Alberta NDP would face if the tax isn’t rolled back and From also mentioned that he sent Finance Minister Joe Ceci a letter that went unanswered.

Steam Whistle was the first brewer to challenge the new taxes in court, but now the Ontario Craft Brewers have planned to file a class action law suit which might prompt more brewers and importers to back these challenges.

For now, producers and importers, along with small business owners and consumers are hoping to see this decision axed in the budget announcement next week.

You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2016-04-09 07:15:01 -0400
We aren’t seeing the brilliance in the NDP strategy. First they destroy the oil and gas industry causing massive unemployment. When people are unemployed they have more time on their hands and are a little demoralized so they drink more. Then you raise taxes on the alcohol to get more revenue from the poor saps you drove out of work. And the good news its all illegal which is all the better because the NDP love making their own laws.
commented 2016-04-09 02:42:19 -0400
That’s quite the tax hike.
commented 2016-04-09 00:52:11 -0400
Bill Elder, what the hell has that got to do with the price of tea in China, or the price of beer in Alberta? What a stupid comment you made!
commented 2016-04-08 23:31:21 -0400
Any local brewing industry that sees Steam Whistle’s piddle water as a competitive threat really needs to get out of the brewing business.
commented 2016-04-08 21:31:21 -0400
So desperate, so stupid , can you imagine starting a trade war with other provinces
STEAM WHISTLE—- you blew the whistle on them, now ,steam roll them .

Have a great weekend HOLLY
commented 2016-04-08 20:27:29 -0400
Why doesn’t Motleys crewjust throw up their hands and say “I give up”. We never expected to be in charge and we just can’t handle it
commented 2016-04-08 18:08:35 -0400
Screw up Notley is grasping at straws.