Rachel Notley and the NDP’s second tax change on beer in the province has ruffled some feathers, which isn’t a surprise.
Last week I told you about the changes and said this new tax is in violation of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement between BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
I mentioned that by trying to fix one problem they may have created another when they promised grants to Alberta breweries only which has the Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall concerned that his province’s agreement with Alberta is being violated.
Watch as I explain what happened when Wall tried to discuss this with Notley’s Chief of Staff, Anne McGrath and how things have gone since Wall went public with his concerns after not getting a response.
Notley’s reaction was pure political theatre and hardly the friendly narrative that she was spouting at the announcement for the Calgary ring road last week where she talked about partnerships across borders.
It was obvious this new tax would affect interprovincial relationships. Not only have the NDP kicked the hornet’s nest when it comes to breweries, now they’re violating a trade agreement, causing more trouble that could have been avoided by not changing the tax at all.