B.C. Government in a Bind on Liquor Reform

Has pressure on the British Columbia government finally passed a tipping point to force true liquor policy and regulatory reform?   The British Columbia government finds itself in a real bind on liquor policy. Pressure on it has been mounting, among industry stakeholders and within some of Canada’s most weighty institutions. The admirably blunt January […]

Why did Alberta turn off the “spigot” on BC wine?

Very pleased that a condensed version of this article appeared as a Globe and Mail op-ed on February 8, 2018 (Alberta Banning B.C. Wine: The Sour Grapes Look Bad on Canada.) Here is the full version. That Alberta has announced a ban on the “import” of BC wine is shocking. That our Canadian federation has […]

What does the renewed US WTO wine trade challenge mean?

The United States Trade Representative filed a renewed complaint with the World Trade Organisation on September 28th, 2017 concerning British Columbia’s BC-only wine on grocery store shelves, setting the stage for a further 60 days of consultation with Canada. While re-filing a trade complaint is not a common step, it is possible to discern a strategy. The […]

Checking in on the WTO wine trade challenge

The 60-day mandatory consultation period following the filing of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge on January 18, 2017 has now expired. What is the current status of the trade dispute, and where could it be headed? External context: The political backdrop in the US is important to understanding the present status of the challenge. […]