OTTAWA – On Monday, October 3rd in the House of Commons, Okanagan - Coquihalla MP Dan Albas introduced his Private Members’ Bill , C-311, calling for an amendment to Canada’s long standing prohibition era ‘Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act’.
“Along with Kelowna - Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, I was pleased to jointly second this Bill” stated MP Colin Mayes.
Bill C-311 would create a personal exemption allowing consumers to legally import limited quantities of wine across provincial borders without violating the 83 year-old prohibition era law declaring such practices as illegal under the Act. It would permit private citizens to either directly import, send, take or transport, or cause to be imported, sent, taken or transported, wine for personal consumption in quantities as permitted by the province in question.
“Presently, it is illegal to ship B.C. wine to other provinces unless the wine is exported by their liquor boards. It is integral to Okanagan - Shuswap winemakers, such as Larch Hills Winery, that this Bill support economic development and diversification to sustain the future of local wineries” concluded MP Mayes.
Should the Bill pass Second Reading, it will be referred to Committee for further review. Join the “End Wine Prohibition in Canada” page on Facebook or visit: www.daninottawa.com for further information.