The Saskatchewan Government is raising concerns over changes coming to Alberta’s beer mark-ups.
The Alberta NDP have announced that starting August 5th, all beer from outside the province will have to pay the maximum $1.25 per lite mark up.
Saskatchewan Deputy Premier and Minister for Sask Liquor and Gaming Don McMorris says this will hurt Saskatchewan brewers, namely Great Western. “Theya re looked at as a regional brewer in every other province now but Alberta. In Alberta they are going move the mark up from what was about $0.47 cents a litre up to $1.25. That’s a 200 per cent increase for Great Western going into Alberta.”
McMorris says 60 per cent of Great Westerns volume goes into Alberta and that Alberta should not be raising trade barriers for beer entering the Alberta market at a time that all provinces are working toward an agreement to reduce interprovincial trade barriers.
McMorris says Premier Brad Wall will raise the issue with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at the 2016 Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon this week.