Canadian Vintners call on Public for Support

    Petition launched to protest European Union threat

    OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) is
asking Canadians to support an online petition calling for a boycott of
European Union (EU) wines if the EU does not drop plans for a World Trade
challenge against our domestic wine industry.
    "The EU provides $2 billion in subsidies to its wine industry and
controls 50 per cent of the Canadian market share yet they still want to
protest a small excise duty exemption that applies to 5 percent of Canadian
producers' sales," said CVA President Dan Paszkowski.
    The tax measure affects only wine made with 100 per cent Canadian grapes.
    "The fact is that European wines do extremely well in our country.
European vintners are supported by a significant program of subsidies which
gives them a competitive advantage in both their domestic and export markets,
including Canada," he said.
    Australia and the U.S. have similar excise tax measures in place yet the
EU has chosen to focus on Canada.
    "Many of our smaller wineries need this excise measure to help level the
competitive playing field," he said, and we hope Canadians will stand together
and support our growing wine sector.
    A web site has been launched where the public can log on and support the
domestic wine industry and the jobs it creates.
    Please log on to

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Dan Paszkowski, CVA President,
(613) 851-4076,

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