In my beer industry coverage, I’ve heard from importers and businesses who oppose the NDP’s new tax and grant program believing the protectionist policy gives an unfair advantage to Alberta based brewers. I agree but think it’s important to hear from those with a different view.
So while trade barriers and limits are simply unconstitutional, one Alberta based brewer is applauding the NDP’s changes.
Graham Sherman at Toolshed cleared up a lot of misinformation coming from his critics when I chatted with him about the issues brewers face getting into the market.
I understood his support for the protectionist measures once he shared his perspective, explaining how difficult it is to break into the scene in other provinces who also have protectionist policies, often stricter than Alberta’s. He says the NDP levelled the playing field by implementing their tax and grant program.
The policy is helping Alberta brewers, but I still don’t agree with it. But neither does Sherman who says, in a perfect world, all trade barriers should be eradicated so Canadians would be able to try all of the amazing beers the world has to offer.
But it’s not a perfect world so these policies are causing a divide between Alberta based brewers, importers and out of province brewers.
What’s crazy is that they all want the same thing – free trade.
If you support free trade in Canada, please sign my petition at BeerFreedom.ca!