October 04, 2016

UPDATE: Notley NDP’s beer tax, protectionist grants “pit businesses against one another other”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

In May, the Alberta NDP imposed a $1.25 tax on all beer regardless of origin. It also brought in protectionist grants for certain brewers, which essentially pays back the added costs of the tax to breweries. But some say that both the tax and grant program combined are unconstitutional and give Alberta breweries and unfair advantage.

Breweries are not the only beer-based Alberta businesses; importers who bring in beer from outside of the province are also being impacted by the increase in taxes.

I talked to Bo, an importer at Artisan Ales, who suggests that the grant program isn’t the way to go. Other solutions that could have been implemented include providing scholarships and grants to students, and helping breweries gain access to other markets.

However, Graham Sherman at Calgary’s Toolshed brewery says the grants are more like a tax break because the government is just reimbursing companies for taxes that they’ve already paid on their product.

Due to the implementation of the unfair tax and grant system that is both unconstitutional and projectionist, Artisan Ales has an Agreement on Internal Trade challenge in the works. They’re seeking to have the tax changes mended to be fair to all businesses. A panel will soon make that decision in the coming months.

If you support free trade in Canada, please SIGN my petition against Notley's beer tax at BeerFreedom.ca

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commented 2016-10-11 23:20:47 -0400
Karl – Maybe she needs to quaff a few beers and chill back. ;-)
commented 2016-10-05 19:24:03 -0400
Saw Notley on TV today, she’s looking kinda haggard. Guess having to deal with reality rather then socialist fantasies is taking its’ toll on her.

Canadians will soon be turning on Trudeau too, and he, like Notley, will shrivel like a prune. Love will turn to hatred and the era of phoney baloney will end.
commented 2016-10-05 19:06:57 -0400
I agree that the government should not be meddling in local markets with largess or biased regulating – but it IS their duty to remove trade barriers for businesses operating in the province – they should be working on reciprocal trade arrangements with other provinces because provincial restrition of trade is unconstitutional – it’s bad enough our producers face levies and tarrifs on international exports without going through the same crap nationally
commented 2016-10-05 13:28:44 -0400
No government should be involved in crony capitalism by way of picking winners and losers. If a business is viable, it survives and grows. Government should just get out of the way and lower taxes to all businesses instead of handing out tax breaks or subsidies or grants of any kind. It is almost impossible to navigate your way through all the red tape to even apply for any of this “help”
commented 2016-10-05 05:57:40 -0400
Don’t mention to Notley that when you brew beer, it gives off CO2. There will be a “carbon” tax on beer.

Then there is the methane and CO2 from drinking the beer. A CO2 tax on living will surely come.
commented 2016-10-04 19:53:25 -0400
BTW Mr. Sherman is not entirely accurate in stating the brewery pays taxes on the beer they sell – the cost of that tax is handed down to the consumer in cost of product – so it is the consumer/taxpayer who IS subsidizing the private brewery he patronizes with his tax dollars.

OTOH Alberta based craft beer import business is not subsidized and their patrons (those who like better quality or more unique beers than are available locally) are punished for their preference with an import tax.

Hat Tip To Artisan Ales for getting tap handle/shelf space for Le Trou du Diable and Dieu du Ciel! fine crafted ales – hint – as long as you have an in with Quebec export, try to get agentcy for les trois mousquetaires brewing (finest brewers in Canada IMHO)

commented 2016-10-04 19:35:18 -0400
Artisan imports some of the finest craft brews in Canada (oddly enough from Quebec where the craft beer industry is well evolved) . She makes a great point that if Alberta crafters want increased export sales and freedom from superior imports impacting local market share, government money is better spent in a brewing college and encouraging excellence and artisanship in local brewing – rather than having brewers fight for the limited markets within Alberta.
commented 2016-10-04 18:57:42 -0400
They will be taxing Methane next, Flat Anti Rip Tax or FART. What a bunch of Crooks.
commented 2016-10-04 18:32:10 -0400
The dippers can’t run a beer stand , let alone a lemonade stand , the only stand they run are left wing experimental ideology stands , like anti oil stands ,anti pipeline stands , anti agricultural stands

Keep on them HOLLY!!!!!
commented 2016-10-04 17:47:08 -0400
why is any government meddling with any industry. FROM MY HISTORY I HAVE NEVER SEEN A BUSINESS PROSPER WHEN A GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED. Firstly government mostly have NO knowledge on how to run a business they just KNOW HOW TO TAX AND SPEND.