April 10, 2019

NDP’s ongoing legal battle with brewers costing Albertans millions (Guest: Bo Vitanov, Artisan Ales)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


The Notley government spent Tuesday afternoon at the Alberta Court of Appeals making the case for why they shouldn't be held responsible for their unconstitutional actions against private businesses.

It all started in late 2015 when overnight, the Alberta government raised the beer tax on out-of-province beers by up to 166 per cent.

Two Canadian brewers, one based in Saskatoon and the other in Toronto, took the Alberta government to court, arguing that the tax hike amounted to an interprovincial barrier to free trade which was a violation of the constitution.

After three years of legal wrangling, a court ruled in favour of Great Western Brewing and Steam Whistle Brewing, awarding $2M total in restitution to the two companies.

Consequently, Alberta taxpayers are on the hook to two out-of-province companies because the NDP thought they could do things that were not allowed.

But instead of cutting their losses, the NDP continue to drag these two private companies back to court to appeal the restitution order.

My guest tonight suspects the NDP don't want to be associated with the bad optics of a two million dollar payout and a court loss on the eve of an election. And she should know, since she fought the same battle against the unconstitutional tax hike, only she did it before a trade tribunal — and she won.

Joining me tonight to discuss the Notley NDP’s latest attack on private enterprise is Bo Vitanov of Calgary's Artisan Ales.

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commented 2019-04-11 22:54:57 -0400
I hope part of this interview will be put on YouTube so I and others can send it all over the place. Albertans need to know how idiotic and despotic the NDP commies are.
commented 2019-04-11 01:18:39 -0400
I take issue with Shelia’s opening about the NDP, “If it ain’t broken fix it anyway.” I think it would be more accurate to say that the NDP’s approach is “If it ain’t broken, break it.” Just my lowly opinion.
commented 2019-04-10 23:57:16 -0400
Off Topic. From the Toronto (Re Star.

OTTAWA—Canadian intelligence agencies are “more and more” preoccupied by the threat of right-wing extremism and white supremacist movements in Canada, the country’s spy chief said Wednesday.
David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the agency remains “most concerned” about the threat of violence from religious extremists, particularly those who invoke a “perverted” version of Islam.
“(But) we are more and more preoccupied by the number of ultra right-wing extremists, people who are invoking a number of different philosophies, approaches,” Vigneault told the Senate’s National Security Committee Wednesday, listing white nationalism, ethnonationalism and white supremacist movements in particular.
This represents a significant change for the intelligence service, which just three years ago abandoned an ongoing investigation into far-right extremism in Canada.
That rolling investigation was reopened a year later, after Alexandre Bissonnette murdered six worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in 2017.
A city street filled with traffic surrounded by tall buildings: CSIS director David Vigneault cited last year’s van attack on Yonge St. as as an example of the far right adopting terrorist methods to wreak havoc in Canada.© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited CSIS director David Vigneault cited last year’s van attack on Yonge St. as as an example of the far right adopting terrorist methods to wreak havoc in Canada.
commented 2019-04-10 22:21:35 -0400
Notley is just wanting the new Conservative Government to have a nice gift that they will have to pay back, with costs. She must have been watching Theresa May kicking the can down the road.
commented 2019-04-10 21:30:23 -0400
An unnecessary war that nobody wanted – the NDP in action.