The government’s war on beer continues with both the federal Liberals and the provincial Alberta NDP bringing in policies that will make it more expensive for you to have a few.
The Liberals brought in a 2% tax increase on alcohol which adds $30M more of hard earned taxpayers money to their coffers.
This was a protectionist measure put in place to grow the Alberta beer industry, but what it actually did was put consumers and businesses like liquor stores, pubs and restaurants between a rock and a hard place.
In limiting choice by price point, consumers will simply go to the next best thing that’s cheaper which means that businesses have to axe some of the more expensive products that they carry. On top of that, the NDP gave the cost of that tax back to Alberta breweries through a grant resulting in yet another protectionist measure paid by taxpayers.
All of these NDP moves sparked at least two court cases and an Agreement on Internal Trade challenge from local importer Artisan Ales. But none of this has stopped the NDP because now they’ve introduced yet another layer of subsidies for Alberta based distilleries.
It’s absurd, and of course the distilleries are praising the government for all of this “free” money they’re getting that isn’t really free.
If a business can’t survive on it’s own, why on earth should taxpayers have to subsidize it? The NDP continue picking and choosing which businesses fail or succeed and the cost is being put on back of taxpayers.