Beer of Alberta delivered illegally to your home
Photo: Martin Knight
The two american beers above were delivered by Canada Post at home in a cardboard box in the month following the Log command.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 01:00
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 01:00
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An alberta company to book illegally of beer in Quebec with Canada Post, without the authorities being able to intervene directly with the insurance company at fault.
The Journal has managed without a problem to order the beer online on the website of the Canada company Craft Club, which is installed in Calgary, in the province of Alberta.
The business works by subscription. It is possible to register to receive at his home, across the country, a selection of craft beers from Canada or elsewhere, chosen by the people of Canada Craft Club each month.
The company also organizes special sales for members.
“We are looking for the best beers available in the market in alberta, alcohol, wholesale and work with the importers to gather exclusive beers brewed on-as well as what’s new,” one reads in English on the website of the company.
Ordered in mid-October, the package was indeed delivered to your home in the next month by Canada Post. The factor has even had to certify that the person who received the package were more than 18 years of age before you give it to her.
Inside the cardboard box, were two american beers, a blonde and a brunette of 650 ml each, which are not available in Quebec. The total of the invoice was 46,15 $ including the shipping, and boxes of information on the beers.
Hands are tied
However, the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) has confirmed to the Newspaper that Canada Craft Club does not hold a license for delivery of alcohol in Quebec, but that it has no authority over the offending company. It may therefore not sanction it.
“The police could intervene with Canada Post, but not from Canada Craft Club, and it would have to be that the police are informed of this delivery,” says the spokesperson for the Régie des alcools, Joyce Tremblay.
The alberta company thus seems to be able to send in all quietude of beer each month in the homes of quebec, while new Brunswick Gerard Comeau had received a fine in 2012 for having brought from Quebec, a fifteen crates of 24 beers, and three bottles of spirits on board of her car.
The supreme Court is studying since a few days the cause of Mr. Comeau, who believes that there should be a free flow of alcohol between provinces.
If the highest court in the land decides in his favour, this decision may call into question the monopolies in the country, such as the SAQ.
The Newspaper has not managed to reach Canada Craft Club, despite several attempts.
What the Law says
- In Quebec, it is prohibited to make the delivery of alcohol unless the holder of a permit of the Act respecting liquor permits (PCPA) or the Act respecting the Société des alcools du Québec (QBCA).
- Only the SAQ may establish agreements with Canada Post to deliver alcohol to the home.
- Canada post says it is not responsible for any packages containing alcohol that are sent between the provinces. The manufacturers need to do their research according to their location , and submit the regulations to their products, ” she said.
$90 Million According to the latest figures available, the SAQ would have lost$ 90 Million in revenues in 2013 by the purchases of alcohol carried out elsewhere in the country