There’s been plenty of movement in the collective efforts to break down the Prohibition-era barriers that still make inter-provincial wine shipping, or merely transporting it, a federal offence.
Towards the end of last year we wrote about the growing movement (posts gathered here,) and this year the issue was brought to Ottawa and the House of Commons, filibustered by the NDP and ultimately- unanimously passed, as reported by Decanter today and The Globe And Mail yesterday.
Every time we’ve gained steam, there have been setbacks, as is wont with complicated political processes. As an example, B.C. initially said that even if/when the law’s passed, wine could only be ‘brought’ but not shipped across provincial borders. They quickly, but not officially, back-pedalled on that one.
Tonight, Wednesday, we have the chance to be loud about this and employ pre-emptive strikes as the bill goes before Senate and is hopefully given Royal Assent in time for the potentially-lucrative summer tourist season.
On Twitter’s BC Wine Chat tonight, here’s the plan (click to enlarge):
Let’s do this! Looking forward to chatting tonight and making our voices heard!