May 18, 2019

Ontario's long fight for the freedom to buy corner store beer

David MenziesMission Specialist

Tourists visiting Ontario from the U.S., Europe and even other parts of Canada must see this province as a weird, prudish place when it comes to buying alcohol.

Stroll into a convenience store and ask for a six-pack and your choice boils down to Coke or Pepsi… but certainly not Blue or Bud. No, you're going to have to find a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) or Beer Store, unless you live in a town too small for these provincially-controlled monopolies. 

Then, you can buy alcohol at the so-called “agency stores” that exist in more than 200 towns. With Doug Ford's PC government looking to dismantle this rule with considerable popular support, the LCBO is attacking the corner stores expected to benefit from selling booze as too irresponsible to keep it away from minors.

Convenience stores already sell a range of age-restricted items including tobacco and lottery tickets, and society continues to function. WATCH and I'll explain why the LCBO is so worried.

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commented 2019-05-21 02:01:07 -0400
You nailed it Greig McKinnon… So it it’s downright amazing how the ladies at my local privately owned liquor store here on Vancouver Island have managed to stack those shelves year after year after year… And they continue to do so long after the unionized staff keeping “bankers’ hours” at the government run store in town have gone to bed… Amazing!…
commented 2019-05-20 22:31:23 -0400
Governments love to keep their monopoly on whatever they can regulate. Let’s hope deregulating the booze will show up the monopolists for the jerks they are.
commented 2019-05-20 09:47:51 -0400
Government run monopoly outlets staffed with overpaid highly unionized individuals is totally necessary. After all, if stocking shelves was an easy job, everyone would be doing it.
commented 2019-05-19 16:33:53 -0400
The government doesn’t want to share any profits with small business owners.
It’s like technology that has eliminated small businesses from existing.
How has Quebec been handling it all these years?
commented 2019-05-18 20:02:12 -0400
I haven’t watched TV for a couple of decades, so being unfamiliar with TV now, I can’t tell if those government ads are really dark and scary, or if it’s just me being out of touch with current TVLand propaganda and indoctrination programing…
If I was a convenience store owner I would definitely feel slandered by that government Beer Store ad!
The fascist left…
Some more pinko union BS, from the BS union (Beer Store union):
commented 2019-05-18 19:53:31 -0400
The simple answer is to Stop drinking……..Just joking Guys.
commented 2019-05-18 18:33:12 -0400
And on the way to the local beer store you encounter numerous “tweakers” going nuts on crystal meth and not to mention the growing epidemic of pot users who are well served by the now numerous pot merchandisers on the Reserve.
And we need to continue the charade of telling us they are keeping our communities safer with controlled union staffed beer and liquor outlets .
What a joke .
commented 2019-05-18 17:52:23 -0400
Great shades of Prohibition!… I had forgotten what a bizarre system Ontario still has… But the obvious nutiness of the system, as it now stands, is demonstrated by the existence already of those hundreds of small community and “cottage country” outlets!… What? Those store owners CAN be trusted to check IDs but NOT ones in larger towns?… It’s all about unions, pure and simple…
commented 2019-05-18 17:14:52 -0400
The Beer Store should calm down. The Corner Store will carry name brands that sell.
How many different brands can the Corner Store stock on their shelves? The Beer Store will survive as long as they have quality Managers that know what to stock! No Jobs should be lost at the Beer Store! If there is.. Then it was probably a Liberalist Globalist goofball Trudeau lover that caused it.. and threw a hissy fit!!!
commented 2019-05-18 15:31:25 -0400
Provincial Governments, how much profit do they make on alcohol? They don’t care if a customer has to drive ten miles to pick up a case, leaving a carbon footprint all the way. They don’t care if that same customer has unexpected guests suddenly turn up on their doorstep, when the customer has half finished the case he purchased earlier. They don’t care that he has to make another beer run while inebriated. They don’t care if he runs down a pedestrian (big profit from fines). They don’t care that the variety store downstairs is not permitted to sell booze. All they care about is the profit they make by taking control.
commented 2019-05-18 15:18:58 -0400
Its time we are all treated like grown-ups.. I used to work midnight shifts, where I got off at 8am. That was the equivalent of everyone else’s 5pm. There was no way to get a 6 pack on the way home to go with the steak I was going to BBQ. You go Doug and get rid of the monopolies. If you are worried about the cost of breaking the contract with the beer store, simply charge a fee to the corner stores for allowing to sell the stuff. Trust me, that will more than pay for breaking that contract.

As for losing the 7000 beer store jobs, I don’t think it will be that high. A lot of them could transition to beer delivery drivers etc. etc.

As for charging more for the beer? Competition will bring the price down. We just have to get the government out of the business of fixing liquor prices.
commented 2019-05-18 15:13:26 -0400
This is all about the Beer Store Union protecting it’s monopoly on all those high paying jobs. A little competition would do them some good.