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Canadian microbrewery owners are fuming at their federal government's refusal to amend a bill that would reduce excise tax for the country's microbreweries, granting them a break available in other countries.

André Dion, Unibroue CEO, and president of the Association des Microbrasseurs du Québec, said: "To refuse to provide us with fiscal conditions that are similar to those in most industrialised countries, is, in essence, leading us to slaughter."

Thirty-eight of Canada's 86 regional breweries, which face tough competition from major brewers, have been forced to shut down in the last five years according to Mr Dion.

The microbreweries have requested a significant reduction in excise taxes that currently sit at 0.28 cents per litre of beer produced, regardless of production volume.


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