Notley Tells Saskatchewan's Wall to Call Her If He Dislikes Alberta Beer Tax

By Bennett, Dean | The Canadian Press, July 19, 2016 | Go to article overview

Notley Tells Saskatchewan's Wall to Call Her If He Dislikes Alberta Beer Tax


Bennett, Dean, The Canadian Press


Notley to Wall on beer flap: Pick up the phone

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EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her Saskatchewan counterpart Brad Wall should pick up the phone if he has a problem with her province's new beer rules.

Notley says criticism of her policy is another "political drive-by" from Wall.

"My experience over the last 13 months is that when there's a matter, pick up the phone and talk to your colleagues," Notley said Tuesday at the legislature. "I would suggest that if he (Wall) would actually like to see a solution, that's a better approach."

"The fact of the matter is we did pick up the phone," Wall countered. "We did it last Friday. We waited until Monday to make any public comment ... obviously it's not a drive-by; it's not even a walk-by."

Wall said he asked his senior advisor Reg Downs last week to contact Notley's chief of staff, saying they wanted to comment publicly on the matter but not without letting Alberta officials know.

"We have real concerns about this, about the impact on Saskatchewan jobs," said Wall.

"Obviously Alberta consumers are going to be paying more for beer but that's not our business. What is our business, though, is if something's violating the spirit of the New West Partnership and if it's going to potentially cost jobs in our province, then we have to look at all of our options."

At issue is Alberta's new pricing plan for beer.

As of Aug. 5, the markup on beer will be set at $1. …

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