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In part, that because while Alberta maintains a largely open market for the import and sale of liquor products, other provinces use a variety of non tariff protections to advantage their own producers.
Those moves can include differential storage fees that are higher for out of province goods or preferred display space in coolers for local products.
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need to look in the broom closet, essentially, to find them. They on the bottom shelf next to the mop bucket. reported that 745 Ontario liquor products are for sale among Alberta merchants, while about 20 Alberta products are available in Ontario.
The disparity has gone on for years, yet successive Alberta governments canada goose outlet uk sale have reacted with little more than half measures.
Alberta has generally tried to persuade other provinces to adopt our open market approach and continued to provide easy access to Alberta liquor stores and bars even as those provinces refused to reciprocate.
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Bilous announced a trade challenge against Ontario for unfair liquor practices in the hopes of levelling the playing field. Challenges against other provinces have not been ruled out.
Asked why it taken so long for Alberta to use the courts, Bilous said he couldn speak for past governments but suggested his NDP government put together its challenge as quickly as possible.
That a bit of a stretch, considering the NDP has now been in power three and half years. This makes one wonder if the timing official canada goose outlet and target of the legal action has to do with the recent election of Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives in Ontario.
Nonetheless, fighting against protectionist policies seems to be a more credible approach than previous NDP actions to tinker canada goose outlet uk with the graduated markup (tax) system for beer.
Especially controversial was the 2016 decision to impose a larger markup of $1.25 per litre on all small brewers, while creating a subsidy exclusive to Alberta companies.
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Though it will be officially shut down effective Dec. 15, the grant program has been lauded by craft breweries as a central reason the industry has expanded exponentially in recent years.
As such, it hard not to wonder if the NDP government knew the subsidy program was legally doomed, but decided to run with it anyway.
For its next move, the government is returning to a graduated markup system that will apply a lower rate to all brewers who have no more than 50,000 hectolitres of beer production each canada goose outlet in uk year. Companies with higher production will remain subject to the $1.25 rate.
Notably, both Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing will be ineligible for the new reduced markup.
Tim McLaughlin, vice president of marketing for Steam Whistle, slammed the NDP move as canada goose sale uk the goalposts as to canada goose outlet real canada goose outlet what is classified as a small brewery. he also indicated Alberta is on more secure legal footing since his brewery is not currently contemplating any court action against the markups.
It will interesting to watch how this all plays out, particularly the trade canada goose outlet store toronto challenge against Ontario.
Similarly, it will be interesting to see if United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney will press the case against his political ally Doug Ford.
Kenney tweeted Monday that he supports the NDP trade action, and I hope he holds to that.
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