October 31, 2016

Trade war is on: Saskatchewan retaliates against Notley NDP’s protectionist beer taxes

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Saskatchewan government has now retaliated against the Alberta NDP’s beer tax program by changing their markup structure to favour Saskatchewan breweries.

Earlier this year, the NDP implemented a tax and grant program that charges out of province breweries $1.25 per litre on their products. Previously, Saskatchewan was exempt from this rule.

Jeremy Harrison, the Minister in charge of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority announced that the changes are a “declaration of all out war on Saskatchewan produced beer.”

This comes after Saskatoon based brewery Great Western launched a legal challenge against the NDP, claiming the new mark up program has pressured them to increase prices and they’ve lost business because of it.

Great Western Brewery says that under the new system, their markup will go down by 75 cents which might seem like good news for Saskatchewan breweries, but it’s not good news for Canadians.

Under section 121 of the constitution, it’s illegal for governments to tax goods traded inter-provincially and it comes at a cost to Canadians as it’s estimated that $50 to $130 billion is lost to the economy as a result of restrictions on trade.

Every province has a different markup structure, making things incredibly complicated but the bottom line is that trade should be free in Canada, it’s our right.

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commented 2016-11-02 10:00:34 -0400
So…guess who wins this “War” now…not a single tax paying resident of either Province.
commented 2016-10-31 19:08:42 -0400
They still make bohemian beer behind the ol’ straw curtain?
commented 2016-10-31 16:05:27 -0400
In a Hejab and a witches cap
commented 2016-10-31 16:03:56 -0400


Or ALBERTA WITCHES BREW with a cartoon of guess who on label
commented 2016-10-31 15:03:06 -0400
Time fer us hillbillies ta make our own moonshine…dang reveneurs.
commented 2016-10-31 13:58:17 -0400
Sudz wars – only it’s a price RAISING battle – is this a cartoon?