TORONTO -- Under strong U.S. trade pressure, the Canadian government announced yesterday that it would end discrimination against imports of foreign beer over the next three years, which could be a boost to the G. Heileman Brewing Co. brewery in Halethorpe.
The confrontation between the United States and Canada over beer sales is one of several trade disputes that has had the two North American partners accusing each other of protectionist ways recently. Other battles are being fought over lumber and automobiles.
The United States has said it will impose duties on Canadian beer by April 10 if the Canadians refuse to alter their rules, and Washington has yet to lift that threat. The initial U.S. reaction to yesterday's announcement was cool. Officials expressed unhappiness about the three-year transition.