Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday that a proposed tax on beer and wine would go back in the “old fashioned” way of dealing with alcohol.
“We’ll see where the government takes that on, but I think that it’s absolutely important to remember that Canadians want to see that our economy grow and they want to continue to be part of that, and I think we’ll continue to do that,” he said.
Morneau made his comments during a news conference at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), where he said he wants to see “a fairer system” for alcohol consumption.
In a statement, CFIA president Mike Gillett said, “We are pleased that our government is taking the next steps towards a responsible system for alcohol.
We welcome the federal government’s announcement today that it will continue to explore the potential of taxing alcohol in this country.”
“This is not a new approach to alcohol taxation,” Gilletti said.
“In fact, we have long advocated for the taxation of alcohol in Canada.
The announcement of a new excise tax on alcohol comes after the federal Liberals announced a ban on liquor sales for the rest of the month, a move that has been met with a mixed response from Canadians. “
The Canada Revenue Agency will continue its work with the government of Ontario and with the provinces to provide guidance and information on taxation, so that Canadians can better understand the tax implications and the impacts of alcohol on their communities, communities, and communities-based businesses.”
The announcement of a new excise tax on alcohol comes after the federal Liberals announced a ban on liquor sales for the rest of the month, a move that has been met with a mixed response from Canadians.
“I think it’s really important to recognize that we have been through a lot of difficult times, and we’re not perfect.
And we have to make tough decisions,” said Morneau.
“And I think it is important to look at the long-term economic impacts and how we can take care of our economy and our communities in a way that is safe, responsible, and sustainable.”
“But we have a lot to learn from our past and a lot we have yet to learn,” he added.
The move is likely to make it harder for small and medium-sized businesses to operate, which is the backbone of the economy.
“It’s going to make a lot more small and small businesses, who are already struggling to survive, more vulnerable,” said Peter MacKay, the executive director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
“They’re going to be hurt by this new tax.”
Morneau told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday that the Liberals would seek to move ahead with legislation to re-introduce the alcohol excise tax once the election is over.
“Once the election’s over, the Liberals will be making those decisions and we’ll see how that plays out,” he told reporters.
“But there’s a lot going on with the federal election, and the question is whether or not we’ll be able to do it.”
Moroz said he also wants to explore a new alcohol-free zone in the province of Quebec, but he said that it would be a “long-term” project that would be put on hold until the next election.
“My hope is that we’ll have something ready to announce by the end of the year, but the question there is, how long can we delay that indefinitely?
And I think there will be a lot that needs to be discussed,” he continued.