Bill C-311 on Interprovincial Shipping of Wine – A Tiny Breath of Fresh Air

Last October, Dan Albas, Conservative MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, introduced a private members bill, Bill C-311 on interprovincial shipping of wine, which would amend legislation dating back to 1928 – the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act – and effectively break the prohibition on sending (or carrying) wine across provincial boundaries in Canada. While limited in scope, […]

BC takes first tentative step in privatizing liquor in the province

On Tuesday February 21, BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon surprised wine industry stakeholders and consumers by announcing the privatization of warehousing and distribution of liquor in British Columbia. Billed as a cost-saving measure in a belt-tightening budget, government will sell the assets (warehouses in Kamloops and Vancouver), and the associated distribution services to the private […]