Premiers announce agreement in principle on flow of alcohol across borders


Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, British Columbia Premier John Horgan, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan, left to right, pose for an official photo on the lawn of the Algonquin Resort as the Canadian premiers meet in St. Andrews, N.B., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Canada’s premiers have agreed in principle to reduce trade barriers regarding the transportation of alcohol across provincial and territorial borders, although they have not released details around personal limits or on when the move will be made.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says provinces are willing to act to increase import limits although some provinces want to consult with the public in order to determine how it will be done.

A statement says some jurisdictions may eliminate limits entirely, as is now the case in Manitoba and Alberta.

Gallant says New Brunswick remains committed to doubling its limit on the amount of beer and alcohol that can be taken across its borders.

Meanwhile, Gallant says the premiers have agreed to take “immediate and meaningful action” to bring down barriers regarding First Aid course content and restrictions on the use of wide base single tires and size and weight restrictions in the trucking industry.

They will also work on the licensing of abattoirs and on business registration requirements.