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Op-Ed by Conway lawyer Ben Grant: Alberta trade challenge — a new opportunity to free the beer

Conway Lawyer, Ben Grant, has authored an opinion column which was published by the Toronto Sun this past weekend, which can be read here. The column, entitled “GRANT: Alberta trade challenge — a new opportunity to free the beer”, provides context on Alberta’s decision to launch a complaint under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement about the policies and practices of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Ben Grant represented…

Glasses of beer and ale barrel on the wooden table. Craft brewer

Alberta changes beer measures following successful AIT complaint, launches trade challenge against Ontario

On Monday, the Alberta government announced that it will modify its measures relating to craft beer mark-ups to bring them in compliance with Canadian trade law. In October 2015, Alberta government introduced measures which imposed higher mark-ups on beer produced in some provinces than beer produced in Alberta. In August 2016, Alberta government announced that all beer was subject to the same mark-up but in addition, small Alberta brewers were…

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Conway lawyer Ben Grant achieves success in interprovincial beer dispute

An appellate panel has affirmed a determination that Alberta has contravened its obligations under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) in its treatment of craft beer produced in other provinces. Ben Grant of Conway Litigation represented the complainant, Artisan Ales, in the initial proceeding and the appeal. Artisan Ales imports high-quality craft beer from Quebec and around the world for sale in the Alberta market. The complaint stemmed from measures…

Provinces Announce Sweeping New Trade Deal

This afternoon, the provinces and the federal government announced the establishment of a new interprovincial trade deal. On July 1, 2017, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement will replace the Agreement on Internal Trade. Most notably, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement aims to remove trade barriers across all sectors unless specifically excluded. This marks a major change from the existing Agreement on Internal Trade, which is limited to the sectors specifically…