Conservatives Oppose New Beer Tax

May 29, 2017

Conservative members of the Finance Committee are taking a strong stand against a tax increase on beer, wine, and spirits that would continue indefinitely into the future. This never-ending tax increase would make these products more expensive for consumers, and would hurt important Canadian industries.

“Our Conservative team is fighting to keep taxes low for all Canadians”, said MP Tom Lukiwski. “It is not fair for this industry to be singled out with a tax that keeps increasing forever”

This change to the excise tax was introduced by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in their 2017 Budget. The tax would cause Canada to have amongst the highest excise duties amongst wine importing countries. In fact, over the past 30 years, excise duties on wine have increased by 125%.

“There are tens of thousands of Canadians across the country who are employed by the wine, beer, and spirits industry – including many here at home Moose Jaw – Lake Centre – Lanigan. Our Conservative team will continue to fight for their jobs and livelihoods.” 

“There are tens of thousands of Canadians across the country who are employed by the wine, beer, and spirits industry. These jobs are important for our economy, and our Conservative team will continue to fight for this industry,” said Conservative Finance Critic Gerard Deltell. 

If the Liberal legislation goes through without change, excise taxes on these products will begin increasing annually on April 1st, 2018. Along with hurting these industries and raising prices, it is expected that this change will also hurt our restaurant and tourism industries.

To register your concerns regarding this new tax, please contact Finance Minister Bill Morneau at bill.morneau@canada.ca or write to your local Member of Parliament.