Sunday, October 02, 2011


Another good Tory private members bill. It should probably go further! Inter provincial trade barriers inhibit billions of dollars in commerce. We should have free trade within Canada as well as through out the Commonwealth!

British Columbians should be able to bring home wine from a visit to Ontario's Niagara grape-growing region and vice versa, says a B.C. MP. Dan Albas, Conservative MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, plans to introduce a private member's bill on Monday in the House of Commons that would make the practice legal.

It's illegal to ship wine to other provinces unless the wine is exported by their liquor boards under the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, passed in 1928 to clamp down on bootlegging.

Albas wants to change that. "The 1928 Prohibition-era law still exists," he said. "The idea is for people to be able to enjoy wines from the different provinces they visit. What we're asking for is a general exemption for personal use."

He said his private member's bill, which is a long way from being passed, would allow provinces to set limits on the amount of wine people could bring into the province.


melvin said...

Ron Cannan, MP Kelowna-Lake Country has been leading this battle for a long time. It's good to see others jumping on the bandwagon.
The laws still in effect came about back in 1928 and stemmed from the prohibition mentality. Since that time the various liquor boards have derived their power from those laws.
Mel from Kelowna

Anonymous said...

Why is it that the restrictions on the free flow of booze seems to be the major topic when talking about taking down inter-provincial trade barriers. That trade is miniscule when compared to the free flow of other goods and services.
I am more concerned about BC's attempts to throw up barriers to the Gateway pipeline; a project which, with its spinoffs would create thousands of jobs, billions in economic activity, and billions in tax revenue.
As an Albertan I feel that if BC wants to impede our progress then it is time for Alberta to play the game as well. We should be instituting severe regulations on the flow of rail and truck transport across our borders.

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