An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act and the Excise Act, 2001 (importation)

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


John Barlow  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of April 11, 2017
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act to limit the application of its prohibitions to intoxicating liquors imported into Canada. It also makes a related amendment to the Excise Act, 2001.


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Importation of Intoxicating Liquors ActRoutine Proceedings

April 11th, 2017 / 10:05 a.m.
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John Barlow Conservative Foothills, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-351, an act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act and the Excise Act, 2001 (importation).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my first private member's bill.

If passed, this bill would amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act limiting its reach to only liquors being imported into Canada and not those sold between provinces. This legislation would allow producers to sell their products directly to consumers anywhere in Canada without the permission of a provincial liquor board. However, the provinces would still have control over who can produce alcohol or sell alcohol products on the shelves of provincially approved retailers within their borders. This legislation would also make it legal for a person to transport alcohol from one province to another for personal use.

Craft brewers, distillers, and winemakers were excluded from the Canada free trade agreement. I am honoured today to stand in support of these Canadian businesses, these Canadian entrepreneurs, who are using fine Canadian products and creating Canadian jobs. Free trade in Canada is our constitutional right. It is time to free the beer.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)