Monday, November 26, 2012

Big Rich Goes To PG....Big Donor Wins! (Again)


They can puff it up with all the flack-hackery (and pretend 'give-backs') they want....

But the fact of the matter is that Pacific Western Brewery held its workers hostage while they got their political stooges to give them a better deal than other 'big' breweries.

From the Canadian Press (unbylined in The Globe):

The B.C. government has approved a tax break that it says will allow smaller breweries to expand without paying the full taxes that major beer producers face.

The change comes after Pacific Western Brewing of Prince George said it might lay off staff or even close rather than pay the increased taxes that would result from higher production levels.

Under the old policy, a higher tax rate kicked in when a brewery produced 160,000 hectolitres of beer – each hectolitre being 100 litres of beer.

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman says under the new policy, breweries can produce up to 300,000 hectolitres of beer and still qualify for a favourable tax rate, which rises on a sliding scale depending on the amount of beer produced...


What will happen in, say, two years when the hostage-holding brewery hits 300K on the hectolitre scale?


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