Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 29, 2012 15:15 ET

Harper Government Supports Positive Step to Reduce Inter-Provincial Trade Barriers on Wine

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) -

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue today announced the Harper Government's support for Bill C-311, which proposes amendments to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) to reduce inter-provincial trade barriers on wine for personal use.

The Bill was introduced by Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas on October 3, 2011.

"Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Shea. "Canada's world-class wineries are a great example of the types of small businesses that help fuel the economy in communities throughout the Country."

The Harper government is committed to reducing red tape on small business and removing barriers to trade. Both regulatory burden and internal trade barriers have the effect of stifling the growth of Canada's wine industry.

Currently, federal legislation exists that restricts a tourist from buying a bottle of wine while on a winery tour in places like Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Okanagan or the Annapolis Valley and taking it back home with them to their home province. Bill C-311 would remove that federal restriction.

C-311 will be debated at report stage and third reading in the House of Commons this week.

"Bill C-311 is a positive step towards reducing unnecessary inter-provincial trade barriers, and to promoting jobs and growth in the wine industry," concluded Minister Shea. "It is my hope that this Bill passes quickly and that provinces join us in supporting this important Canadian industry."

FOR BROADCAST USE:

National Revenue Minister Gail Shea reiterated the Harper Government's support for Bill C-311. This amendment removes federal barriers to the transportation of wine from one province to another - a positive step towards reducing inter-provincial trade barriers, and to promoting jobs and growth in the wine industry.

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Nancy Bishay
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    613-995-2960