A Saskatchewan brewing company wants to take Alberta to court over its beer tax.
The Notley government raised mark-ups on breweries this past summer, but offset that with rebates for Alberta brewers. Now the Great Western Brewing Company is going to court to declare the increase unconstitutional.
“We are seeking an order declaring the mark-up and rebate policy unconstitutional,” said Great Western CEO Michael Micovcin in a statement. “At a time when Alberta’s economy is hurting, this policy not only hikes the price of beer, but it’s also a huge barrier to new investment and job creation.”
Great Western argues Alberta is not allowed to bring in protectionist taxes, and that this will raise the price of beer by roughly three dollars a case and hurt job creation. (bd)