Taxes on alcohol to rise

The federal government is continuing to squeeze beer drinkers with the 2019 budget.

Federal excise tax on all alcohol products will go up on April 1, the third increase in just two years.

The Government of Canada says the rates of excise duty on beer, spirits, and wine are adjusted annually every April 1 based on changes to the Consumer Price Index.

Taxes on alcohol in Canada will automatically rise without a vote in Parliament unless the annual tax is repealed. 

"By keeping the escalator tax in place and not removing it in budget 2019, the federal government has chosen to keep making life more expensive for hard working, middle-class Canadians" said Luke Harford, President of Beer Canada.

"The government has chosen to ignore brewers, barley farmers, wine makers, distillers, the hospitality industry and the 53,000 Canadians that signed our petition to repeal the escalator tax in 2018."  

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