*see update to this post below*
The Bill is nearly a law! For decades in Canada, it has been illegal for individuals to ship wine between provinces. Bill C-311 seeks to change this law, and if passed, individuals will be able to buy wine directly from any of Canada’s wineries.
Why it’s illegal:
Until now, Canada retained a law from 1928 called Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act. The law was relevant to prohibition-era issues.
Why it’s changing now:
The MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas, introduced private members Bill C-311 in October 2011.
Parliament and Senate have both passed the Bill. Royal Assent is required to create the law. The Assent is expected the week of June 25, 2012.
Here’s a list of key sites to track the latest news on this issue:
An alliance of Canadian wine consumers:
Home page of Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas:
A site dedicated to wine law in Canada and spearheaded by Vancouver lawyer Mark Hicken:
Join the Facebook page to support the Bill:
UPDATE TO THIS POST:
Check out the article in Wine Access Magazine for details.