Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her Saskatchewan counterpart Brad Wall should pick up the phone if he has a problem with her province’s new beer rules.
Notley says criticism of her policy is another, in her words, “political drive-by” from Wall and she refuses to be lectured by him.
Notley was responding to criticism levelled last week by Wall’s government over Alberta’s new pricing plan for beer.
As of Aug. 5, the markup on beer will be set at $1.25 a litre regardless of where the beer is made, but there will be grants available for Alberta-based small brewers.
Notley says Alberta has been too passive when trade rules in other provinces have harmed local interests in the brewing industry.
Wall’s government says the price change will hurt Saskatchewan producers selling in Alberta and violates the spirit of interprovincial trade agreements.
(The Canadian Press)