Imagine one day waking up to find that the product you sell has been arbitrarily slapped with a 525% tax hike.
That's exactly what happened October 27th, 2015 when Finance Minister Joe Ceci slapped all microbrewery beer imports into Alberta- except those from Saskatchewan and British Columbia- with a huge tariff.
The government claimed they were trying to help local brewers by imposing a punitive protectionist tax on their competition, but that's just not allowed here in Canada.
We aren't a balkan hodgepodge of angry and adversarial little principalities. We are a confederation that allows the free and easy exchange of goods between provinces.
What ensued was a two-year legal battle against the Alberta government by one small Calgary-based beer importer who hauled them before a trade tribunal and made them admit their poorly thought out tax grab, was a catastrophic mistake.
Joining me tonight to detail her fight for free trade and government accountability is Bo Vitanov from Artisan Ales Consulting.