Last week I told you about beer importer Artisan Ales receiving a favourable decision regarding the Alberta NDP’s bad tax and grant system, one that’s cost them significant business over the last two years.
An expert panel ruled that the NDP’s program was discriminatory and doesn’t comply with Alberta’s free trade obligations under the AIT.
The NDP reacted by accusing Artisan Ales of “leaking” information. And they still haven’t backtracked on the policy yet.
Artisan Ales owner Mike Tessier told me there was no information leak, then talks about what’s next for his company in the wake of this decision.
However, another story is flying under the radar:
Local brewer Big Rock has announced that they’re losing money due to the NDP’s tax and grant system, because the money granted back to Alberta brewers is cut off at 150,000 hectolitres — well below their usual production level.
They’re reporting that they’ve lost $700,000 and that they’re now cutting products to get the government grant rate.
So not only has this tax kneecapped importers, it’s now punishing Alberta breweries that create jobs and provide tax dollars, forcing some to cut production just so they can get government welfare to continue to operate.