Beer Canada to Continue to Fight for Brewers and Middle Class Beer Drinkers
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – June 22, 2017 – This morning, the Senate of Canada approved a motion to not proceed with its amendments to Budget 2017 including the removal of the ‘escalator’ tax on beer, wine and spirits. The ‘escalator’ mechanism is a hidden annual tax increase on beverage alcohol.
“We are disappointed that the government has not listened to Canadian beer drinkers and the thousands upon thousands of Canadians across the country who work in our industry,” said Luke Harford, President of Beer Canada, “We fought to make sure legislators understood the economic value of our industry to this country and the impact bad policy can have directly on middle class pocketbooks and businesses”.
The “Cork the Tax” coalition of voices that represent beer, wine, spirits, foodservices, hospitality, farmers and suppliers in Canada has pushed back on the federal government’s plan since March. Beer Canada will continue to work with the federal government to repeal the ‘escalator’ because Canadians already pay enough tax on their beverage of choice.
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