October 01, 2016

Notley’s protectionist beer grant: THIS Alberta brewer offers another view

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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!

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commented 2016-10-02 13:00:43 -0400
I have sampled Tool Shed brews and calling this craft beer is a stretch. Not bland, just common and uninspired styles. Also the protectionist attitude here betrays a low competitive spirit or ability to INNOVATE or seek excellence in the brewing art – strictly commercial sensitivities.

I thank Gambrinus daily for imported craft beer because it’s too hard to find good craft brewed here – some Wild rose brews are OK, many Alley Kat brews are decent but the overall quality of Alberta craft makes me glad the better craft exporters from BC and the US can get in here.

Alberta’s craft brewers will only improve under stiff competition (No Mr. Sherman, you are not in competition with Minhas, if you are you are servicing a macro crap beer market) – otherwise all the government is doing is protecting a nascent craft industry with good instincts but which has a long way to go to catch up to the expertise and quality of craft brewing culture outside the province.

When you see Drummond brewing listed under the Alberta craft brewing assn.you know you are in a macro brew market.
commented 2016-10-02 10:25:40 -0400
She obviously has no clue what is going on. She supports Alberta tax payers subsidizing out of province brewery’s for $10 of millions of dollars a year with an economy left in runes from the corrupt pc that were being paid off from out of province lobbies for years. Maybe she should move back to whatever province she is from because she “Does Not support Alberta Small Business” with these ridiculous uneducated articles that no information and writes GARBAGE. Is she on MINHAS payroll that has stolen $10 of millions from Alberta Taxpayers? Can you Answer this?
commented 2016-10-02 01:31:32 -0400
Don’t kid yourself’s for a second… This did not do anything for Alberta or Alberta beer producers other than increase further divisions between the provinces by her reneging on provincial trade deals for Canadian import beer..
She did the same thing costing Alberta thousands of jobs and billions of dollars by closing down coal fire generators four years early on their contracts and activating the price protection agreement that was laid in place years ago explained to Rachel of the consequences by reneging on that contract… This woman couldn’t pretend to do anything good and even if she ever got one thing right it certainly doesn’t counter the hundreds of things that she got wrong causing uncountable misery to Alberta families… I knew your dad Rachel and he didn’t raise you to be like this..
commented 2016-10-01 19:24:52 -0400
So….I’m a bit confused, could it be that this wingnut government may have done something close to good.? Say it ain’t so!!
commented 2016-10-01 18:49:50 -0400
Restricting trade between provincial borders is illegal (unconstitutional) it only goes on because provinces and the feds abuse the constitution daily in legislating
commented 2016-10-01 18:39:23 -0400
Ban all trade policies, then ban all governments.

Trading worldwide should be free, the only reason why it isn’t, is because corporate banksters will not be able to skim the profits of the top end.
commented 2016-10-01 16:24:10 -0400
Governments don’t belong in business, period. They don’t even do the things that governments are supposed to do particularly well even when they are a “good” government. Now that i know toolshed beers take on sucking at the public tit, i won’t be drinking their beer. We need less government to be free, not more, never ever more.
commented 2016-10-01 16:23:03 -0400
The provinces treat other provinces as if they were foreign nations. What is this b.s.?

No product should face restriction or tariff within Canada.

Aren’t these tariffs unconstitutional? Maybe Baby Doc Turdeau should actually do something too protect business and the middle class and enforce domestic free interprovincial trade. Cheaper bill – for those who imbibe – would be one nice break considering how many other fees and taxes we are being hit with.

Oh wait, CO2 is part of the beer process, as with wine and spirits. I guess there will be a carbon tax on beer, wine, scotch, whisky, and whatever.
commented 2016-10-01 16:13:45 -0400
Oh Notley will screw them all over when the time comes.
commented 2016-10-01 15:20:24 -0400
Politicians should keep their grubby little fingers out of our Beer, especially Socialist Politicians. One never knows where their fingers have been.
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