New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard Comeau

New Brunswick has finally lowered its beer prices after a court challenge over punitive provincial trade barriers to the movement of alcohol. But the fight is far from over

New Brunswickers should raise a glass to Gerard ComeauNew Brunswickers are enjoying significantly lower beer prices thanks to Gerard Comeau, his team of pro bono lawyers and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Where a 24-can pack of beer like Budweiser or Coors used to cost $43, it’s now only $36. That’s because, last spring, a New Brunswick court struck down a law prohibiting anyone…

Squeezing Alberta beer drinkers for more money

The discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer was always about more government revenue. The protectionist talk about helping Alberta brewers was diversionary

What motivated Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer in 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while levelling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Government documents filed with court in connection with Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing’s upcoming trial over…

Rachel Notley’s trade hypocrisy

It would be nice if the Alberta Premier could practice in Alberta what she preaches in Washington

Rachel Notley’s trade hypocrisyCALGARY, Alta. March. 4, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Alberta is all abuzz. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is back from her trip to Washington. She was there to advocate for the province’s economic interests against the rising tide of American trade protectionism and to explain how trade with Alberta benefits both us and the U.S. She’s…

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vaping

Shades of Stephen Harper: Bill S-5 prohibits sharing scientific information comparing the health effects of smoking cigarettes with vaping

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vapingCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 1, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Remember when former prime minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? Apparently little has changed under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau. The CBC reported in the spring of 2015 that Harper's government had brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the…

Snuffing out vaping is counterproductive

E-cigarettes can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and billions of taxpayer dollars, says the Canadian Constitution Foundation

Snuffing out vaping is counterproductiveCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 24, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Government moves to discourage vaping deny Canadians access to proven harm reduction technology. The Canadian Constitution Foundation's just-released report Vaping and the Law surveys and compares vaping legislation from across Canada. Unless you’re a smoker or former-smoker, you may not know what vaping is. E-cigarettes are battery-operated, electronic devices that…

Time to bring free trade closer to home

A study estimated the annual benefits of free trade among the provinces at $50 billion to $130 billion, or $7,500 per household per year

Time to bring free trade closer to homeCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Why does far-sighted provincial support for international free trade turn into myopic resistance when it comes to similar trade with Canada's other provinces? After harsh words and even a few tears, the on-again, off-again romance between Canada and the Belgian region of Wallonia ended happily with the signing of…

In defence of a health system that offers timely care

A trial now underway in B.C. exposes a system that puts principle ahead of care, leaving far too many on dangerously-long waiting lists

In defence of a health system that offers timely careCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The health care trial of a generation has started in Vancouver. Four private plaintiffs are joined by Dr. Brian Day of the Cambie Surgical Centre in a constitutional challenge of British Columbia's laws. If they are successful, B.C. residents will be freed from suffering and languishing on ever-growing public health-care…

Alberta brews a bitter batch of beer protectionism

By asking consumers to pay more for beer to support Alberta breweries, the government has ensured widespread economic hardship

Alberta brews a bitter batch of beer protectionismCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The Alberta Small Brewers Development Program is a classic example of government intervention in the market: many will suffer for the benefit of a select few. Many people have suggested that the program is a means to improve the provincial economy. But will it really promote economic development in Alberta? Let’s take a closer look.…

Subsidizing brewers just another unconstitutional trade barrier

Government efforts should be focused on tearing down all trade barriers, so that Alberta brewers gain access to other provincial markets

Subsidizing brewers just another unconstitutional trade barrierCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Well, that didn’t take very long. The money is rolling out the doors already. Kevin Moore of [popup url="http://twosergeantsbrewing.ca/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Two Sergeants Brewing[/popup] confirmed to the Fort Saskatchewan Record that he received his first “rebate from the government” already. This payment was made under the dubious Alberta…

All Canadians owe Bruce and Donna Montague a debt of gratitude

The couple took on an abusive government and reached a settlement that saved their home

All Canadians owe Bruce and Donna Montague a debt of gratitudeCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Bruce and Donna Montague’s 10-year fight to save their home from the Government of Ontario is finally over. They have accepted a settlement and the Honourable Mr. Justice Shaw of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice completely dismissed the civil forfeiture action against their home. The Montagues…
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