Question Period - Excise tax on Small Distillers


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 Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the fall economic update showered big business with tax breaks while doing little for small business.

    I am proud to represent one of Canada's major wine and spirit producing areas. Small craft distillers are proposing a reduction in excise tax for producers of less than 100,000 litres. A similar move in the U.S. dramatically boosted its industry, with each new distillery creating 20 to 100 new jobs.

    Can we count on the government support small business by supporting this proposal?


Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, over the next two days, I will be sitting down with premiers in a first ministers meeting. Indeed, it is the third or fourth first ministers meeting. We are doing one every single year, because I believe in pulling together with first ministers so that we can talk about the broad range of issues that they want to talk about. However, a reminder, the previous government did not like first ministers’ meetings and tended not to hold them at all.

     We are going to be talking about a broad range of things, including lowering barriers so that our beer and wine producers across this country can do better.