Thursday, June 28, 2012
Another step to lowering some of our interprovincial trade barriers. Thanks to Dan Albas. Hopefully we will soon be able to order liquor from across Canada, but there is still a lot of work to be done. OTTAWA - With the stroke of the governor general's pen, Conservative MP Dan Albas's bill to eliminate the federal ban on transporting liquor across provincial borders became law Thursday. Shirley-Anne George, with the Canadian Alliance of Wine Consumers, says the prohibition-era rule never made sense to her. "Can you imagine somebody in France saying that a Parisian could not order a case of wine from Burgundy?" George said. "So why is it acceptable here?" The bill is especially important for small wineries that want to sell directly to consumers nationally. Still, with the exceptions of Alberta and Manitoba, most provincial liquor boards limit or ban by-passing them to ship in out-of-province wine and beer for personal use.