- Canadian brewers should have the right to sell their products anywhere in Canada without government interference.
- Government bureaucrats shouldn’t have the authority to tell Canadian businesses who they can, and cannot do business with.
- Consumers also deserve better – eliminating internal trade barriers will provide greater choice to Canadian consumers.
- Freer trade amongst the provinces and territories will grow the Canadian economy and will create jobs.
- There are no legitimate reasons to keep internal trade barriers – it is time to free the beer!
Interprovincial Trade Barriers
- It is technically illegal for someone to buy alcohol in one province and bring it to another.
- Right now in Canada we have thousands of quality craft beers from coast to coast to coast. Unfortunately, because of Interprovincial trade barriers Canadians consumer choice is limited in each province.
- These outdated and unnecessary laws are stifling Canada’s economic growth.
- Eliminating trade barriers will drastically improve Canada’s economy, and will provide Canadians their Constitutional Rights.
The Dollars and Cents
- Eliminating provincial trade barriers in Canada would add anywhere from $50 Billion to $130 Billion to Canada’s GDP – That’s 4-10 times more GDP growth than that of CETA.
- From 1981 to 2014, growth in interprovincial trade has lagged behind growth in international trade, with interprovincial trade growing at an annual average rate of 4.2% and international trade growing at approximately 6%.
- The Conference Board of Canada estimates removing internal trade barriers would add $4.8 billion to real GDP and create 78,000 jobs in British Columbia and Alberta alone.
It is time to Free the Beer, and free the Canadian economy.
Creating freer trade in Canada is not a partisan issue; it is a right vs. wrong issue.
- Section 121 states: “All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces.”
- Maintaining these trade barriers infringes on the rights of Canadians.
- The Government prevention of the trading of goods between provinces has weakened the Canadian economy, caused job loss, and has impeded consumer choice.