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January 7, 2012

It is amazing how backward our “progressive” country is. It often seems that we are still in Prohibition. This act if passed will stop one of the stupidest practices, then maybe, we can work at getting wine and beer in corner stores…oh my God would that be revolutionary.

We will be drunk in the streets!!!!

From Canoe

 

Wine bill would get rid of Prohibition-era trade barrier
By Ray Spiteri, QMI Agency


A private member’s bill from a B.C. MP would amend a federal liquor law restricting wine shipments between provinces. (MIKE DIBATTISTA/QMI AGENCY)

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — He can ship a case of his popular Niagara-on-the-Lake wine to a consumer in Japan, but he can’t to a fellow Canadian in British Columbia.

But if a private member’s bill to amend a Prohibition-era federal liquor law restricting cross-province wine shipments gets the green light, Paul Bosc Jr., president of Chateau des Charmes, will have less “comical” conversations with some of his dedicated customers across the country, and get a lot more business.

The Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act of 1928 makes it illegal to ship alcohol across provincial boundaries without going through the receiving province’s liquor board.

B.C. Conservative MP Dan Albas introduced a private member’s bill in October, which has gone through two readings and is now headed for committee review. It proposes an exemption that would allow Canadians to purchase wine while visiting another province and then bring that wine back home into their own province. The bill would also amend the act to allow for domestic wineries to market and sell their products directly to consumers from other regions of the country.

Albas calls the 83-year-old law an interprovincial trade barrier.

“Many small Canadian wineries can access markets outside our borders more easily than they can inside our own great country,” he said. “Imagine if cars built in Ontario could not be sold in British Columbia. What if prized Nova Scotia lobster could not be sent directly to all households across Canada? This is the reality for many of the small Canadian wine producers.”

The exemption would be for personal use and not for commercial purposes. The personal exemption quantity limit would be established individually by each province.

“It’ll remove a major irritant that not only wineries have been living with, but Canadian wine lovers as well,” Bosc said. “It would allow us to consummate a transaction that started in our tasting room in Niagara-on-the-Lake.”

Bosc, who is also chairman of the Canadian Vintners Association, said wine tourists buy “very good volumes.”

“These are when you tend to make good-sized transactions. People want to mix and match. They say, ‘I don’t want to just buy a bottle, I want to buy a case or two.’ But a case of wine weighs 18 kilos, so physically it’s hard to transport back. We can overcome that logistical impediment by arranging a shipment back to where they’re from, resulting in a lot more business.”

Bosc said the No. 1 reason people visit wine country is because they’re looking for wines they can’t find back home.

“They want to explore and discover wines that they never had before. If this happens to people in Ontario, imagine the sense of discovery for people outside of this province.”

Hillary Dawson, president of the Wine Council of Ontario, said she supports the bill.

“The private member’s bill, we think, is a good first step,” she said. “It gets the federal government out of the way. The provinces will have the right to establish and individually define these (personal exemption) limits.

“I think the wineries’ ability to sell directly to their consumers in other provinces will build more wine clubs and Internet sales.”

Niagara Falls Conservative MP Rob Nicholson said he is “fully supportive” of the bill, which will “correct needless over-regulation.”

“Our government is committed to reducing red tape on small businesses and removing barriers to trade,” he said. “The vineyards of Niagara are producing world-class wine, employing workers and have tremendous potential for further growth.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Pinstripes permalink
    January 10, 2012 3:26 am

    Already!

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