A quote from the Alberta Gaming, Alcohol and Cannabis Commission
According to Al Hudec, Alberta attempts to impose its regulations on another province. The provinces only have jurisdiction over the people who are there and the activities that take place there.
Any enforcement action has always been taken against individual consumers, not wineries, he adds.
The The lawyer further believes that Alberta's letter vaguely alludes to a violation of the law, but does not provide details, which does not provide an opportunity to respond.
Then, we impose a sanction that we do not have the right to impose under the legislation. This is totally contrary to administrative fairness, denounces the lawyer.
According to Mr. Hudec, the decision of the ;Alberta may face judicial review.
John Skinner of Painted Rock Winery in Penticton, says Alberta's decision comes at the worst time, with extreme cold having devastated grapevines across the province for the second year in a row.
The industry is running out of steam. We would like a little consideration from our friends in Alberta.
A quote from John Skinner, viticulturist, Penticton
He estimates that approximately 10% of its sales are made directly to Alberta consumers.
The Wines of British Columbia company sent its own letter to the AGLC on January 24, emphasizing that the letters sent to British Columbia winemakers create serious concerns for both individual recipients and commercial relationships. between Alberta and British Columbia in general.
The AGLC does not have the authority, under the legislation it administers, to impose this restriction on interprovincial trade.
A quote from Wines of British Columbia< /blockquote>
Karin Campbell, spokesperson for the AGLC, argued in an email that it was trying to protect Albertans.
Suppliers from other provinces who offer direct-to-consumer deliveries contravene provincial legislation […] and impact general revenue funds.
A quote from Karin Campbell, spokesperson, AGLC
“In the absence of controls, AGLC cannot ensure that these products are only sold #x27;adults over the age of 18,” she adds.
Only British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia allow consumers to order wine directly from producers.
D' According to a 2018 study in Manitoba, allowing direct-to-consumer sales has no impact on retail sales. The study highlights that overall wine sales in the province grew even faster than the national average after direct sales were authorized.
Direct selling has been a long-standing problem for Canadian alcoholic beverage producers. In a 2018 decision, the Supreme Court held that provinces had the right to restrict purchases that did not go through provincial licensing agencies.
With information from The Canadian Press