MP Dan Albas' Private Members Bill C-311 is now law. This was a huge step forward for our campaign and our thanks goes out to all the wine lovers that weighed in and helped make it happen.
Unfortunately, we're not done yet.
C-311 provides a personal exemption within the limits and regulations set by the provinces. It is now up to wine lovers to make sure their province allows reasonable limits and consumer/winery friendly regulations.
It is essential that you contact your MLA/MPP/MNA. Let them know you expect your province to live up to the intent of C-311 and allow you to both bring wine home, join wine clubs and order directly from wineries over the internet. i.e. Now is the time to listen to voters and let Canadians buy more Canadian wine!
With your help, FreeMyGrapes, along with the wineries' representative, the Canadian Vintners Association, we will free Canadian grapes!
Help us tell the provincial governments they need to live up to the intention of C-311 and allow you to both bring wine home and order directly from wineries over the internet.
NOTE: British Columbia and Manitoba allow inter-provincial wine imports (BC allows only 100% Canadian from producing province). Although the AGLC says otherwise, most experts feel Alberta is also open.
1st. Send your provincial representative a letter.
We've supplied a sample letter for you to work from;
- - - click to find the contact information for your provincial representative
- - - please cc your Premier
2nd. Tell Your Friends “Write your provincial MLA/MPP/MNA"
3rd. If your elected official responds, please let us know what they said.
We're looking into whether provincial petitions are doable given our limited resources. Stay tuned.....
Here is asample letter/email. Just add the date; politician's name at the top; your province in the text; and your name and address at the bottom of the page. (How to find the contact info for your provincial politician is found below)
1. Wine Lovers Provincial Letter of Support
- For Ontario ver 2
- For AB, SK, ON, PEI, NB, NS, NF
- For Quebec (en français)
send to your provincial MPP/MLA/MNA, Minister of Finance & Premier)
2. Winery - Provincial Letter of Support for Ontario MPPs
3. Winery - Provincial Letter of Support for NS, NF, NB, SK, AB
4. FRENCH - Quebec Winery - letter of support for Quebec MNAs
Tip 1: Make it yours. It makes a difference if you add some personal comments.
Tip 2: A mailed letter will have the most impact. You can also send the letter by email.
It's always a good idea to cc your Premier.
Tip 3: Find your provincial representative by following the links below.
CLICK HERE FOR
CONTACT INFO FOR PROVINCIAL PREMIERS
CLICK BELOW TO FIND YOUR PROVINCIAL
MLA / MNA / MPP
NEW BRUNSWICK MLA’S
NOVA SCOTIA MLA’S
...FIND YOUR ONTARIO ELECTORAL DISTRICT
Note: Not every province/territory provides a friendly way to find your provincial representative. If it’s too difficult, just send us your full address and we’ll do our best to get you your provincial representative’s name and address.
CLICK TO FIND YOUR FEDERAL MP