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July 18, 2013 | 4:09 PM

The BC Wine Institute's (BCWI) Annual General Meeting, held July 9 at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, saw the introduction of the BCWI Industry Recognition Award. This award was established to recognize individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the BC Wine Industry.

BCWI Chair Josie Tyabji had the honour of presenting the inaugural awards to MP Ron Cannan and MP Dan Albas for their combined work in the passing of Bill C-311 and the federal deregulation of direct-to-consumer wine shipments.


BCWI Executive Director Miles Prodan, MP Dan Albas,
BCWI Chair Josie Tyabji and MP Ron Cannan


On June 28, 2012, The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, announced that Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas' Private Member's Bill C-311 received Royal Assent. The amendment to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA), removed the federal restrictions prohibiting individuals from moving wine from one province to another when purchased for personal use.

Although there has been great work done by MP Cannan and MP Albas to get Bill C-311 passed federally, there is still a lot of work to be done in most provinces. Currently, British Columbia and Manitoba are the only two provinces that allow direct-to-consumer shipments from other Canadian wine regions. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.FreeMyGrapes.ca.

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