B.C., Saskatchewan Devoid Trade Barriers, Open Liquor Access

Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall, and British Columbia’s Premier, Christy Clark, have announced to have finalized a new deal to surrender trade barriers among both provinces to allow free-flow of wine and craft spirits. The news was revealed on the last day of the premiers’ annual meeting.

While making the announcement, Ms. Clark mentioned in Charlottetown that “this is a first step, another step in opening up trade between our provinces.” She further added that “it will mean it is no longer illegal to bring B.C. wine into Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan wine into British Columbia for personal use.” According to Ms. Clark, the craft spirits industry will also benefit from the open borders. Whereas on the other hand, Mr. Wall stated that he hopes this will allow “better access for consumers and a better economic environment for those in our country.” The two premiers are hopeful that their deal will be regarded as an example by others who will follow to remove barriers coming down across the country.

Meanwhile, Ms. Wynne mentioned on Thursday that she and Ms. Clark had talked about these issue at last year’s premiers’ conference. She explained that “I have said to her, ‘I would like to fix this.’ I would like to work on this and make sure we can in the not-too-distant future make some changes. It’s the kind of example of a specific issue, a specific concern that needs to be addressed as part of the broader discussion of the Agreement on Internal Trade.”

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