Today the House of Commons is debating a Conservative motion calling on the Liberal government to cancel its April 1 tax increase on beer, wine, and spirits.
In a little over a week, the Liberal tax on beer, wine, and spirits will increase by 6.3% - the largest increase on alcohol in the last 40 years.
This tax hike comes at a time when Canada’s foodservice and hospitality sector continue to struggle. Licensed bars and restaurants have record-high levels of debt all while having to contend with greater
labour, rent, and food prices.
Eight different unions representing brewery workers across the country, who are worried about their jobs, have asked the Finance Minister to freeze the tax.
And of course, this tax increase is just another added cost for Canadians already struggling with increased costs due to 40-year inflation highs.
There’s no reason to make it harder for you to enjoy a drink after a long work day or while relaxing with friends or family.
It’s not too late for the Liberals to do the right thing and cancel their tax increase. I encourage them to support our motion and deliver relief to Canadian families.