October 30, 2016

Notley NDP’s meddling opens door for big brewers to raise discount beer prices

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released news that large scale brewer Molson Coors took advantage of the NDP’s latest tax implementation on beer. 

According to the news release, leaked emails reveal the brewer attempted to close the large price gap between their core brands and value brands with price increases that topped out at $5.82 for a 24 pack of their Brewhouse Pilsner.

This is just some of the fallout from the governments tax increase to $1.25 on beer regardless of origin.

Breweries outside of Alberta are now raising their prices and there are two pending lawsuits against the NDP, along with an Agreement on Internal Trade challenge.

In addition to breweries increasing their prices, Alberta breweries are also getting government incentives with a grant that covers the tax markup and also receiving subsidies under the Growing Forward 2 grant that allows them to receive money on the basis that they are an agri-product based industry.

It’s obvious the NDP’s markup policy is a terrible idea and the government should just get out of the way of these businesses. This government tax and grant program the NDP have put in place is unconstitutional.

For that matter, all government implemented subsidies across Canada are unconstitutional.

Please sign my petition at BeerFreedom.ca to show our governments that these barriers need to be broken down and that you support free trade in Canada.

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commented 2016-10-31 09:24:56 -0400
Relatively speaking though, it has been legal to home produce beer and wine a short time, maybe thirty years. Before that, it was as illegal as a grow-op. I believe home distilling is still illegal.

Point being, it only takes a law to once again make home production illegal if the governments believe it is cutting into their revenue. Of course such a law will be dressed in noble nanny state rhetoric, and the true crass reason of falling tax revenue, but the law is possible.
commented 2016-10-31 06:45:33 -0400
Have to agree with Lloyd Nolan-my husband makes his own beer and all of our wine too-and it is as good or better than what one buys at the LCBO
commented 2016-10-30 20:18:27 -0400
Lloyd Nolan also other things to make, my buddies dad made a good moonshine out of apples, it was almost deceptively smooth.
commented 2016-10-30 20:08:56 -0400
To hell with it I’ll just smoke pot, until they start regulating it too.
commented 2016-10-30 18:35:46 -0400
Don’t worry folks.
Notely says, “we are right they are wrong”.
commented 2016-10-30 18:12:31 -0400
Hard to find more inept bumbling in economic policy than there is coming out of Alberta these days.
commented 2016-10-30 17:55:32 -0400
A lot of pipe fitters and welders not working so much these days

A still is a lot easier to hide than a maryjane garden
commented 2016-10-30 17:41:48 -0400
Hey guys , just make your own beers and wine , like we did when ITS father was ruining the west

You’ll have fun, and experiment, you will surprise yourself , very little research