March 19, 2017

UPDATE: One year later, what has Alberta NDP’s illegal beer tax wrought?

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

I’ve talked about the Alberta NDP’s unconstitutional beer tax for over a year now and over the course of that year, a lot has happened, none of it good. 

In summary, the government has changed the way they tax beer twice and it’s illegal. First, they hiked the price of imports outside the three provinces with a trade agreement between them - Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan - by up to $1.20 per litre.

That change landed the NDP in court after Ontario-based Steam Whistle Brewery claimed it provided an unfair advantage over brewers like themselves outside of that agreement.

Then, to avoid their day in court, the NDP doubled down and made the increase consistent for everyone including Alberta breweries, but offered local brewers a grant to cover the cost of the tax.

That landed them with yet another court case, this time from Saskatchewan-based Great West Brewery, on the basis that Alberta breweries had an advantage over the others within the trade agreement.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also an Agreement on Internal Trade complaint from Calgary importer Artisan Ales which the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) is taking on.

Watch as Derek From of the CCF summarizes the issues, explains why people should be concerned and tells us how we can help.

The government has its hand in choosing what kind of beer you can drink and it’s simply unconstitutional. It’s crazy that not only is this protectionist tax costing beer drinkers, businesses and breweries, but these court cases are also being paid for by you, the taxpayer.

If you want to show your support, the CCF is holding an event at 6pm on March 22nd at Bottlescrew Bill’s where the first beer is on them! Tickets are $40 and are considered a donation so you’ll get a tax receipt as well.

For more information about Artisan Ales AIT challenge, you can visit the CCF’s website at

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commented 2017-03-21 12:13:51 -0400
NDP messing with Albertan’s beer is a “hangin’ offense!”. Albertans love their beer, so be very, very, careful NDP.
commented 2017-03-20 14:15:30 -0400
Have there been any recent polls that would provide statistical evidence as to how bad the NDP policies are being received by Albertans? They really need to be obliterated and destroyed , not simply defeated. Each and every single one of the NDP elected members need to fall, not one left standing. at the top of the list should be the revoltingly obese one, Sarah Hoffman.
commented 2017-03-19 23:56:29 -0400
Can’t blame the thieving liars that were elected to lead the people who voted for them…you have to correct the population that lacks adequate intelligence to vote intelligently. Impossible when they become the minority. Then the minority must regroup to become a majority and separate from the intellectually lacking majority and allow their demise. Sounds harsh…is it the first time in history though?
commented 2017-03-19 23:33:21 -0400
No one who values good beer would miss a thin mass produced lawnmower lager like Steam Whistle, But It pizzils me off paying $3x what a crafted bottled-conditioned ale is worth in other provinces – Schneider Aventinus or Fin Du Monde or Chimay Red (if you can find them now) are now enjoyed only on special occasions instead of being paired routinely with a fine meal of prairie venison or partridge.

Most of all this was all so unnecessary it’s typical Dipper bungling, obviously the thing these wheatfield commies know less about than economics is beer – damn unCanadian.
commented 2017-03-19 22:01:16 -0400
Hi Holly. You should have started with the free beer.
commented 2017-03-19 20:10:26 -0400
I still note that the Non-Democratic Party has not tariffed wine. Why? Because they are all so sophisticated that wine is their poison, but beer is the elixir of us plebs. Sort of like how Ford was so pleb doing crack as opposed to the more sophisticated coke lines Silverman did.

commented 2017-03-19 17:29:01 -0400
Gerry Fladager: Notley and Wynne and Justin Trudeau are not air headed…….they are EVIL.
commented 2017-03-19 17:26:46 -0400
Make that a beer!
commented 2017-03-19 17:26:30 -0400
Notley must be a communist no one could be that air headed.
commented 2017-03-19 17:26:01 -0400
If Notely (in Alberta) and Wynne (in Ontario) and Justin (the ball-less neo-Marxist Globalist) were all assassinated graveyard dead…..I would cork a good bottler of champagne to celebrate.
We got rid of Hitler and Stalin……let’s go for these evil and ignorant tyrants.
commented 2017-03-19 15:32:48 -0400
Joe Stalin must have a permanent involuntary Erection, over the way Notley is robbing the working man. I hope She (It) is proud of herself.