B.C. political body expands tax relief for small brewers in controversial move

Word of the potential policy came last week in the context of an alleged favour being done by the BC Liberals for Pacific Western Brewing Co. of Prince George, which was threatening to close its doors unless it got tax relief. Pacific Western is owned by Liberal supporter Kazuko Komatsu, who donated two one-week stays at a resort in the Bahamas, valued at $26,600, as auction items for a fund-raiser held in Mr. Coleman’s riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove on Nov. 8. Mr. Coleman has said the items did not fetch much cash. Mr. Coleman went to Prince George to announce, in essence, that the upper limit for favourable mark-up rates will increase from a threshold of 160,000 hectolitres production – a level Pacific Western was poised to hit – to 300,000 hectolitres, a move the government claims will benefit seven B.C.-based breweries.

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