August 26, 2017

UPDATE: Does NDP stand for “the little guy”? Appeal of AIT decision tells another story

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Joe Ceci has announced that the Alberta NDP will be appealing the Agreement on Internal Trade panel’s decision that the government’s beer tax is discriminatory and doesn’t comply with the agreement. 

Just a few weeks ago, an expert panel decided in favour of importer Artisan Ale’s challenge against the government’s discriminatory tax and grant scheme.

While NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci insists they made the move to stand up for the little guy, we know from court documents that it was nothing more than an $85 million cash grab.

Interfering with free trade was just another case of the NDP picking and choosing winners and losers.

Big Rock Brewery based in Alberta is now reporting losses of $700,000 specifically due to the tax and grant scheme. They’re the largest craft brewery in Canada and don’t qualify for the grant.

Artisan Ales has lost 40 per cent in sales and their profitability is down 86 per cent.

Meanwhile Joe Ceci is patting himself on the back for suggesting the NDP is responsible for the creation of 18 new breweries.

Maybe so, but they’re also killing jobs at the same time. Do you think a major company suffering nearly a million in losses is going to keep people employed?

Ceci just released the budget update for this quarter and it looks like the Alberta NDP need the revenue from this cash grab because they’ve already burned through half of their financial cushion for this fiscal year.

They’re $10.5 billion in the hole.

The NDP are losing a lot of money on lawsuits, business profitability is down, and for every job they create, they’re losing at least one.

It’s reasonable to assume they don’t stand to make any money with this tax and grant scheme and their claimed job creation won’t put a dent in unemployment, but they’ll press on anyway because well, the NDP gotta NDP.

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commented 2017-08-27 12:46:49 -0400
The problem Holly is the finance portfolio is in the hands of a totally inept drone. I mean that in the true sense that Cici has not one idea how finance or business work – really!

This is a guy with a certification in “social work” who blew into Alberta from Toronto in the 70s boom to suck the gravy a boom time government would throw to the public sector – problem was Lougheed and Rod Sykes and Ross Alger ran lean balanced budgets and small government so he ran for a council seat in Calgary and a career of lapping up the gravy from the public trough expanded to executive class perks – he ran for Legislature and we see what happens to public budgets when you put a social worker with no real world work experience in charge.
commented 2017-08-27 12:33:03 -0400
Janice Kay, Orwell did mention something very similar in the title you posted. Right now, I am reading a dual biography written by Thomas E. Ricks titled – Churchill & Orwell, The Fight for Freedom.
This is an exceptionally well written book.
commented 2017-08-27 10:06:53 -0400
Professor Jordan Peterson said in an interview that in his youth, he was sold on the NDP, but once he got to know them better, he came to the conclusion that the people at the top, not the ordinary members weren’t interested in the little guy. He thought that they held this ideology because they were resentful of people who had more than they have, eg money and /or power and wanted to tear them down. He then went on to say that George Orwell mentioned something similar about these supposed do-gooders in his book, The Road To Wigan Pier.
commented 2017-08-27 09:56:59 -0400
They’re NDPing all over the little guy

If you really think about it , these Eco elites , hijacked the old ndp commies , and are just a political arm of GREEN FECES
commented 2017-08-27 02:51:24 -0400
Anyone who believes the NDP stands for the little guy or the people is a complete moron.
commented 2017-08-27 02:35:24 -0400
Holly loves to say kneecap. I notice she has not said boondoggle for a week or so.
commented 2017-08-26 20:18:44 -0400
Dan Mancuso, lol
Holly, thanks for the update on this story. Once again, NDP math doesn’t add up!
commented 2017-08-26 19:51:17 -0400
…and I didn’t even mention Giuseppe Chickenpee.
commented 2017-08-26 19:50:14 -0400
“The NDP gotta NDP
I don’t know what you’d call that kind of phrase, but it seems as apt as apt can be.