Canada to allow inter-province wine transport

From the Edmonton Journal

Raise a glass, wine lovers. Canadians will soon be allowed to transport wines across provincial borders after MPs from all parties voted late Wednesday to support a private member's bill that will free our grapes.

Bill C-311 from British Columbia Tory MP Dan Albas proposes ending a decades-old prohibition on inter-provincial wine shipments. The bill, which passed by a vote of 287-0 during third reading in the House of Commons, would also allow Canadians to shop for wines online and ship them across borders.

"The wine industry has had this thorn in their side for 84 years. It's time to free the grapes," Albas told reporters Wednesday on Parliament Hill before the vote.

Under the circa-1928 Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, it is illegal to transport wines across provincial lines. The offence is punishable by a $200 fine or even jail time.  

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