April 19, 2016

Notley budget keeps protectionist beer tax. Trade war coming to Alberta?

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Alberta budget dropped with hope that the unconstitutional beer tax would be reversed, but it wasn’t. 

As previously reported, the tax was implemented overnight in October of 2015, which saw prices increase for smaller brewers up to $1.05. And it resulted in small businesses having to change the way they operate – including anything from re-merchandising, to reprinting menus and even completely crossing some import beers off of the menu.

I talked to Stuart, owner of Bottlescrew Bill’s, the first pub to ever bring import beers to Calgary.

This is what he thinks of the tax:

“The non-reversal of the tax has Alberta import beer businesses frustrated and rightly so.”

It also has Richard Truscott, Vice President of the Alberta and British Columbia branch of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business frustrated but there was one thing that Truscott was optimistic about.

Unless the Alberta NDP decide to reverse the tax before July, a decision will be made in court – on the taxpayers dime, of course. Steam Whistle has challenged the government and a decision will be made in July. There are also plans by the Ontario Brewers Association to file a class action lawsuit and as Truscott mentioned, this needless tax could result in a needless trade war.

Just add the beer tax to a long list of failed NDP policies.

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commented 2016-04-19 19:51:28 -0400
It’s like explaining human behavior to aliens from outer space
commented 2016-04-19 15:17:38 -0400
Well, for the amount that I drink beer, just occasionally, the extra tax is no real problem. But I agree whole heartedly with Charles. Man, do I ever hate this government.
commented 2016-04-19 14:12:14 -0400
Good to see the NDPigs sill keep hitting Albertans when they are down. Man do I hate this government.
commented 2016-04-19 13:48:02 -0400
The only brewers this will aid is Labatt which now must move production of brands made outside Alberta to the Edmonton plant. Just sheer coincidence that it is the only unionized brewery in the province.
commented 2016-04-19 13:21:34 -0400
I’m so very glad that I can say that I never voted for, and would never vote for this classless circus of Notley’s NDP. This is what you get when you vote in immature, useless clowns like Rachel; you get royally screwed by idiots. This is what happens when those who are supposed to lead, buy into an evil Marxist ideology. It doesn’t take much intelligence to destroy a viable economy, actually it doesn’t take any intelligence at all. It takes those who envy and are jealous of someone else having something that they want and can’t have, except by outright theft. Envy is one of the 7-deadly sins, and it rules Rachel and her party of communists.
commented 2016-04-19 13:15:54 -0400
“The Alberta budget dropped with hope that the unconstitutional beer tax would be reversed, but it wasn’t.”

When has any government, particularly a Non-Democratic Party government, ever reversed a tax? I can only think of two times in my lifetime, both reductions in tax and not reversals of tax: the partial reduction of the GST by Harper, which reduction the regressive liberals are hinting at abolishing, and the implementation of the flat tax by Klein, which the Non-Democrats have abolished.

The Non-Democrats will fight to keep this tax because it pays for the new bureaucrats belonging to AUPE that were hired to implement it.
commented 2016-04-19 12:54:18 -0400
Time to start hurling rocks at their glass house. A thousand people with 20 rocks a piece would bring down this clown show in 15 minutes.