June 23, 2017 2:43 pm
Updated: June 23, 2017 3:01 pm

Alberta beer-tax court challenge pushed to September

Saskatoon-based Great Western Brewing Company's beer.

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The Alberta government won’t get to defend the constitutionality of its beer tax system in court until Sept. 19.

The delay comes after arguments from lawyers representing two breweries outside the province stretched into the second of the two days allotted.

READ MORE: Canadian breweries take on Alberta government’s beer tax

Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing has argued that Alberta violated trade rules when it imposed a separate tax system on small breweries outside of the New West Partnership provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in October 2015.

Watch below from Oct. 20: There’s a beer battle brewing over a new Alberta tax. One Saskatchewan brewery says it’s unconstitutional and filed a lawsuit to have it struck down. But Alberta breweries say it’s only bringing the province in line with the rest of Canada. Reid Fiest reports.

Great Western Brewing and Steam Whistle are together also challenging the changes Alberta made to the system that instead imposes a blanked $1.25 per litre charge on all small breweries, but returns much of that to Alberta small brewers in the form of a grant.

The two breweries have argued the system creates an unconstitutional trade barrier that unfairly favours Alberta breweries.

READ MORE: Great Western, Steam Whistle earn court injunction in Alberta beer battle

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