To fully free Canadian grapes and uphold the spirit of Bill C-311, we must tell our provincial governments that they need to live up to the intentions of Bill C-311 and allow you, the consumer, to both bring wine home and order directly from wineries through wine clubs and over the internet.
So far, British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia allow inter-provincial wine imports, with BC and NS allowing only 100 percent Canadian wine from the producing province.
While many experts state that Alberta law says otherwise, the Albert government has stated that direct shipping is not legal.*
What can you do? Send a message to our politicians.
First, contact your provincial representative — MLA, MPP or MNA — we’ve got links below to help you find your representative — and send him or her a letter. We’ve got sample letters to work from. Remember to copy your premier and any appropriate minister, such as your Minister of Finance.
- Ontario residents — please visit our special page with sample letter and more information on FreeMyGrapes. Time is of the essence!
- Sample Letter for Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland
- Sample Letter For Quebec (en français)
Tips for your letter:
- Make it yours. It makes a difference if you add some personal comments.
- A mailed letter will have the most impact. You can also send the letter by email.
- It’s always a good idea to copy your Premier.
PoliTwitter also keeps lists of Canadian politicians on Twitter and Facebook. Get social!
Sample tweet: Do you support the free flow of wine across provincial borders, @politician’sTwitterhandle and #freemygrapes?
Send multiple tweets to your representatives, and post on their Facebook pages, if they have one.
Second, share this page with your friends.
Third, if your elected official responds, please let us know what they said.
Finally: at a winery? Ask if they have a petition you can sign.
Where to find your representatives:
BRITISH COLUMBIA MLAs
NEW BRUNSWICK MLAs
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES MLAs
FIND YOUR ONTARIO ELECTORAL DISTRICT
Find your federal Member of Parliament.
*Not intended as legal advice.