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.
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.