The provincial Finance Minister says he will CONTINUE to have the back of small brewers in Alberta.
Joe Ceci says since the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program started a year ago—18 new breweries have opened, created jobs—and made great beer.
And he says the province WONT abandon them—-which is why they’re appealing the “Agreement on Internal Trade” panel decision.
The panel had ruled the government violated inter-provincial trade rules—with the rebate program–and small, graduated markups on beer coming to Alberta from other provinces.
Ceci says Alberta has the most open liquor market in the country—-but our products are basically shut out of other provinces.