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Decades-old policies are at the core of Canada’s economic dysfunction

For years, Canadians have been basking in the adulation of outsiders who laud this country as a model of an open, high-functioning nation-state. It’s a view captured by the words…

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The Comeau decision: 37 million Canadians are the big losers

Montreal, April 19, 2018 – The Supreme Court missed a historic opportunity to free the Canadian economy from its numerous trade barriers. In its unanimous decision, handed down today, the…

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Supreme Court passes the buck by refusing to free the beer

Howard Anglin is the Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which has supported Gérard Comeau’s case, along with his attorneys Ian Blue, Arnold Schwisberg, Mikael Bernard, and Daria Peregoudova. Barriers to…

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In its ‘free-the-beer’ ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions

It seems inevitable that the Supreme Court of Canada’s R. v. Comeau decision, in what will forever be known as “the Beer Case,” will go down as controversial and perhaps even deeply unpopular. There’s…

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Supreme Court’s ‘free-the-beer’ decision privileges one part of the Constitution over another

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the Comeau case on Thursday will disappoint many who were hoping for stronger protections for free trade within Canada's borders. That surely includes anyone whose weekend plans involved…

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The Gerard Comeau case: A decision on Thursday April 19

The Supreme Court of Canada heard a case this past December in which one side argued that Section 121 has been interpreted too narrowly for the past hundred years or…

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New poll shows Canadians want free and seamless market within Canada

According to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) to mark Constitution Day, Canadians overwhelmingly believe that trade across our country should be free and seamless.…

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Challenges & Opportunities: A Bitter Draught

Liquor legislation can be a contentious subject within the foodservice industry — so much so that Restaurants Canada launched its Raise the Bar report card on provincial liquor policies for bars and…

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Free my grapes: Dismantling Canada’s interprovincial barriers to trade

...there is no good reason to section off the country into distinct markets with limited access to a full selection of goods and services, while there are many good reasons—tens…

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Beer and wine lovers want freedom. Do you?

You might think that a country actively courting international free trade deals around the world, from Europe to China, would make some effort to guarantee free trade within its borders.…

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LASTEST UPDATE: The Gerard Comeau case

The Supreme Court of Canada heard a case this past December in which one side argued that Section 121, which guarantees free trade between the provinces, has been interpreted too…

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Enough is enough – No more trade barricades

The joke on social media following the recent decision by the Alberta government to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces…

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Canadians overwhelmingly support interprovincial free trade

An overwhelming majority of Canadians want trade openness. According to an Ipsos poll commissioned last November by the MEI, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies,…

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Freeing the hostage grapes

If there is something that the current wine war between Alberta and British Columbia underlines, it is the tenuous access that Canadian wineries in one province have to consumers in…

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Alberta, B.C. trade tiff takes us in wrong direction

The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing…

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Asia eyed as BC wine pinched by Alberta ban

In an ironic twist, British Columbia’s wine industry is looking to tap Asian markets for its blends after being banned in the Alberta market. The spat began in January when…

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In pipeline wars, Trudeau stands as always with Paris, never Alberta

The clash between B.C. and Alberta goes a lot deeper than the current headlines. At least 10 or 20 years of ruthlessly organized, internationally endowed, wildly overblown scare propaganda against…

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Australia files WTO complaint against Canada over wine sales rules

Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization. The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against…

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Canadians Back Free Movement of Booze

Gerard Comeau decided to contest a CAN$300 fine for bringing legally purchased beer and spirits from one Canadian province to another. Five years later, the Canadian Supreme Court is reassessing the case, and…

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The ‘free the beer’ case shows Canada isn’t a true economic union

The obvious reason why Gérard Comeau was in the Supreme Court of Canada on Dec. 6 and 7 is that in 2012, he bought beer in Quebec and drove it home…

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It’s not just beer, Comeau case would reshape Canada wineries

Way back in 1927, at the tail end of the prohibition era and just before Canada's current legislation governing the inter-provincial transportation and sale of liquor and spirits was passed,…

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Let’s bring free trade benefits home

There’s been a lot of talk about free trade lately. This is due in part to the renegotiation of NAFTA, and to the Trans-Pacific Partnership that many governments are trying…

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear New Brunswick man’s cross-border beer case

Five years after a New Brunswick man fought for the right to buy cheaper beer in Quebec and bring it back across the border, his case will be argued Wednesday…

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Breaking down interprovincial trade barriers

As the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s founding draws to a close, a mountain of paperwork is accumulating at the Supreme Court in the case Regina versus Comeau, which is scheduled to…

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Canada has waited long enough for domestic free trade

Five years ago, when Gerard Comeau contested a $300 fine for transporting liquor across provincial borders, he had no idea that he was planting the seeds of a legal battle…

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Canadians want to be freed from provincial alcohol monopolies, poll says

Eighty-nine per cent of respondents said Canadians should be able to bring any legal product from one province to another — which is currently illegal when it comes to alcohol.…

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Vente d’alcool : les Canadiens opposé aux barrières entre les provinces

À l’aube de l’audition de l’affaire Comeau en Cour suprême, un sondage révèle que la très grande majorité des Canadiens seraient favorables à l’abolition des barrières commerciales entre les provinces.…

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P.E.I. Premier MacLauchlan speaks truth on trade

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business estimates that internal barriers “cost Canada’s economy as much as $14-billion each year.” Eliminating these barriers would disadvantage narrow provincial interests in the short…

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Trade Barriers between provinces cost you more than you think

One of the motivations behind the founding of the Canadian federation was that, with the United States rejecting free-trade deals, there needed to be a unified market between the future…

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Free trade between provinces? That would be anarchy : Neil Mcdonald

If you're on vacation abroad somewhere this summer and find yourself explaining to people over dinner what makes Canada so unique and special, use the story about Gerard Comeau and…

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New deal misses opportunity on alcohol trade

The newly minted Canadian Free Trade Agreement is no great accomplishment. Instead of free exchange, most of the deal’s convoluted text entrenches protectionism, with some 130 pages of exemptions. All…

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No evidence that ‘Canada works’ in new internal free trade deal, Andrew Coyne

In sum, for all of the participants’ labours, we are left, 150 years after Confederation, with an economy in which internal trade remains markedly less free than it is within…

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The beer that could change Canada

Fourteen cases of beer and three bottles of liquor that a certain Gérard Comeau of Tracadie-Sheila, N.B., brought from Quebec to New Brunswick in 2012, are once again in contention.…

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Why barriers to trade between the provinces leave us all poorer

No legitimate public policy objective is served by legislating different creamer containers, beer bottle sizes, organic kale standards, or maple syrup grades. But item #7 on carbon pricing policy differences…

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A simple fact rules liquor sales: competition reduces prices

As the National Post has reported, in October 2012, Gérard Comeau, a New Brunswick man, was arrested for returning from Quebec with cheaper beer. Unbeknownst to Comeau, a provincial law…

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Don’t tread on my beer, Globe and Mail

Provincial booze monopolies are unfair and unnecessary. They have no economic or social justification; they exist either as an opaque way of raising government revenues, or to serve the financial…

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