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.