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Election Results Positive for Shipping Law Reform?

Whatever your political leanings, the federal election results on Monday, which produced a Conservative majority government, are likely positive news for efforts to reform Canada\’s archaic wine shipping laws. The Conservative government had previously taken the position that it would reform the problematic Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (the 1928 law that prohibits interprovincial direct to consumer shipping) and had included a line item in the last budget to indicate that they would do so. While one of the proponents of reform did not run in the last election (Stockwell Day), the other major force (Ron Cannan) was reelected and will likely continue the effort. In the interim, this issue has been getting a great deal of media attention due to the announcement by Terry David Mulligan that he will transport wine across the Alberta/BC border on May 13th in an effort to highlight the need for reform. No doubt, there will be more to come on all of this.

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