June 02, 2017

As ABLE BC members know, earlier this spring the federal government increased the excise duty tax on alcohol products by 2 percent. The Liberal Budget also proposes an annual automatic rate increase every year thereafter, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Liquor taxes are taxes not just on drinks, but also on jobs, hospitality, tourism, and middle-class Canadians. High Canadian liquor taxes hurt innovation, harm export development, and reduce alcohol manufacturers’ purchases of cereal grains and fruits from local farmers. They make Canadian alcohol manufacturers, small, medium and large, uncompetitive with producers in other countries.

However, both the House of Commons and Senate Finance Committees are reviewing the Budget implementation Bill (Bill C-44).

Our industry colleagues, the Canadian Vintners Association, Beer Canada, Spirits Canada, and Restaurants Canada have launched a campaign to let government know it is time #CorkTheTax. They are working to have an amendment introduced that would eliminate the annual automatic excise duty tax increase in future years.

ABLE BC is joining this campaign and encourages all members and your staff to send a message directly to your Member of Parliament letting them know it is time to #CorkTheTax.

How to contact your MP:

  • Visit the CorkTheTax website: click here
  • Enter your contact information, select which describes you, and submit (Note: We have requested that Liqour Store Owner be added as a description option, however in lieu of that option please select Supporter.)
  • A letter will be automatically generated to your MP and copied to the federal Minister of Finance

Please send your message to your MP immediately. The government wants to conclude discussion on the budget bill as early as next week.

Members can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #CorkTheTax. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact ABLE BC at 604-688-5560 or info@ablebc.ca.


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