June 26, 2016

Argos bring tailgating to Toronto! But liquor bureaucrats poop on the party

David MenziesMission Specialist

A brand new Canadian Football League season has kicked off and hope abounds for the CFL’s beleaguered Toronto Argonauts, who are once again playing in the great outdoors at the swank BMO Field rather than the sterile Rogers Centre.

And did you hear the news? Tailgating has come to Toronto! Wow! Tailgate parties! In Canada! In Toronto! Wow!

Not so fast, fan-boy.

Only in Canada would we have a tailgate party that prohibits attendees from bringing their own alcoholic refreshments.

You can, of course, purchase a marked-up cup of beer from a stadium vendor but you just can’t do the BYOB tailgate thingy.

How is it that a football fan in Buffalo or Cleveland or Pittsburgh can bring a case of beer to a tailgate party but we can’t?

It comes down to paternalistic liquor bureaucrats who treat taxpaying adults like infants even though we’re the ones funding their salaries and gold-plated benefits.

Most provinces have state-sanctioned liquor monopolies that justify their existence via a murky concept known as “social responsibility.”

WATCH as I explain...

Photo Credit: Facebook.com/ArgosFootball

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commented 2016-06-27 12:00:45 -0400
the mantra of the left.open bars are great but .if it isnt an open bar.. tax the hell out of it…..this of curse goes triple for lizzie may….who never passed an open bar..
commented 2016-06-27 10:06:59 -0400
Just to clarify, beer is $4 a can at the Argonauts Tailgates.
commented 2016-06-27 06:22:05 -0400
The liberals will NEVER approve anything that does not profit them or their friends.
commented 2016-06-26 22:04:48 -0400
If it is a wrong thing, dangerous, a stupid thing, a criminal act or an evil against society, no should be allowed to drink beer at a tailgate party. And that would of course include those beers sold in the parking lot for the over the top price of 8 Bucks each. If its wrong, its wrong. But, it adults over 18 can legally drink beer, they should be legally able to bring their beer which they may have paid $2.50 or $3.00 each at a local high priced liquor store. The gov’t is still raking huge tax dollars at $2.50 a beer.
This country is one weird place. Murder someone and do 5 years at the club. Drink a beer at a tailgate and the cops will be all over you. Have a cold one on the beach and pay a $280.00 fine. The real reason for these rules is that they just want to be able to legally rip you off. Public drunkenness or driving while impaired is one thing, but for these young folks to have some fun at a football game should be well within the lines.

All this and I dont even go to tailgate parties.
commented 2016-06-26 19:59:53 -0400
Does anyone know what the stance of the franchise or league is? Did they try to push for people having the right to bring in their own alcohol to tailgate?
commented 2016-06-26 18:27:10 -0400
It gives the bureaucrats some purpose to their useless existence. In a way you’re killing their fun by not giving them something to do. It gets quite boring living in ivory towers.
commented 2016-06-26 17:52:34 -0400
No fun allowed.
commented 2016-06-26 16:27:01 -0400
Argo fans need as much cheap beer as possible to watch these losers!
commented 2016-06-26 13:49:14 -0400
Brandon Atkinson commented – “As an Argos season ticket holder,…..”

Oh how unfortunate , my heart goes out to you for your loss. ;-)

How much does it cost to watch TO battle it out all year for the CFL cellar position? In any other real football town free beer would be needed to entice shell shocked football fans back into the stadium to witness a string of hopeless massacres.
commented 2016-06-26 11:54:14 -0400
As an Argos season ticket holder, I am OK with paying reasonable prices for A beer before the game as opposed to paying the extortionate prices inside the stadium. The tailgate on Thursday was a success according to the Argos president. We shall see how things go on July 13th when the Argos host Ottawa.
commented 2016-06-26 11:47:50 -0400
Same shit in Winnipeg. Sure you can tailgate at their special section outside the stadium but charge you 8 bucks for a beer, yay.
commented 2016-06-26 11:09:32 -0400
acuuna Once again well said, keep up the good comments
commented 2016-06-26 10:50:33 -0400
Actually Keith,

It is more likely that after getting hammered, the union bureaucrat will phone in sick to collect his day’s pay.

commented 2016-06-26 10:40:11 -0400
More Canadian half assed attempts and failure.

Canada is such a socialist shit hole – but you can get stoned off your ass and go to your unionized job and get paid for it.
commented 2016-06-26 10:38:25 -0400
“It comes down to paternalistic liquor bureaucrats who treat taxpaying adults like infants even though we’re the ones funding their salaries and gold-plated benefits.”

And Brexit demonstrated what happens when the tax paying adults get tired of being treated like trash by those who are parasites of the tax payer.
commented 2016-06-26 10:15:05 -0400
From the games I’ve seen, Argos fans NEED to drink heavily to dull the pain of being ripped off for the price of a ticket.
commented 2016-06-26 09:57:55 -0400
1984 George Orwell
commented 2016-06-26 09:46:24 -0400
Communism is when they take over private companies, but this is communism through the back door where they take companies over by rules and regulations
commented 2016-06-26 09:41:36 -0400
Regressive lefties
commented 2016-06-26 09:41:30 -0400
This was not all the case back in my day we would go to the football game with our “snack pack” you know chips bagels cokes and other stuff like BEER. no big deal. Those were the days when we were free. Do you remember? now Big brother has taken over. High beer price high hot dogs and food price invasive checking us.
If I were living Toronto there must be a nearby park our something like it, that’s where I’s have my tailgate party And to hell with everyone.
commented 2016-06-26 09:26:13 -0400
this country has turned into a putrid wasteland of bureaucratic red tape. I am disgusted with it. Canada is a shitpile of corrupt authoritarians. and the harder they push, the less I listen.