April 26, 2015

Why Ontario's "revolution" in beer sales is anything but

Brian LilleyArchive

We're supposed to be thrilled with Kathleen Wynn's shakeup of the way beer is sold in Ontario.

Frankly, I think the "big" change a bit patronizing, and not very revolutionary::

We'll be able to buy six-packs in big grocery stores, that's all.

In most of Canada, this has been the case for decades.

Even Quebec has something close to a free market in beer. Why doesn't Ontario?

I explain why the new system will be crony capitalism at its best.

Do you agree? Speak your mind in the comments!


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commented 2015-04-27 22:34:10 -0400
But you are right John K., she is not smart enough to realise that she is short changing herself.
commented 2015-04-27 22:32:40 -0400
If Wynne couldn’t be middle man where would she get her money? A woman needs revenue tools after all!
commented 2015-04-27 21:07:38 -0400
My calculations using Wal-Mart 25percent gross margins suggest to me that LCBO is losing 2.5 billion of our money every year. Anybody else run the numbers?
commented 2015-04-27 12:45:59 -0400
The issue of beer sales is just indicative of the greater problem, that being that we “the people” serve the will of the government, the government does not serve the will of the people.
commented 2015-04-27 08:43:29 -0400
Rick – " I am sure that will be challenged in court. "

Not if the court judge is a Liberal. The Canadian court system has become increasingly political over the years.
commented 2015-04-27 06:51:27 -0400
6 packs ? The most expensive. And the Liberals picking winners and losers again (big market chains like Loblaws can sell yet mom and pop shops can’t). I am sure that will be challenged in court. What’s good for one has to be good for all.
commented 2015-04-27 06:26:34 -0400
Why Canadians put up with this nanny state is beyond belief.
commented 2015-04-27 00:16:33 -0400
As I’ve said before, when the day comes that I can take home fresh draft beer from an off sale at my local pub, or enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine at a picnic in a public park without fear of ruinous liquor control act violations (like 99.9% of Europe does), THEN ( and only then) will I consider myself “liberated”. Ontario political culture was not founded on liberty Brian, it was founded on control – often civilly repressive control.

Using the word “Liberal” and liberated in the same sentence in Wynnterio is an oxymoron Brian.
commented 2015-04-26 21:17:16 -0400
Revolution – what a joke. Do what Alberta did years ago. Privatize it all!
commented 2015-04-26 19:08:23 -0400
A revolution would be buying beer at a 24 hour short stop. Wynne the Czar.
commented 2015-04-26 17:50:31 -0400
KW is a disgusting snake oil seller. Smoke and mirrors is all we get or are likely to get from her for the next 3 years. Seriously, six packs at Loblaws, and with extra tax on it to boot? Oh yeah, that’ll make me vote liberal. (pause to vomit here) What a load of crap! I am so glad I live in Ottawa and Gatineau Costco is only 15 minutes away.
commented 2015-04-26 16:23:02 -0400
Wynne is just a lying pig who hired a convicted pedophile to create sex education for 8 year olds.
Pick and choose retailers – typical liberal/socialist tactics.
Always love my trips to Buffalo – $9.99 for case of 20 Labatt’s Blue. Do all my shopping in the US now – Ontario is just a complete over priced and over taxed pig stye.
commented 2015-04-26 15:28:44 -0400
What is there to say? I’m all Wynned-out. Unless we can buy spirits from local snake oil distributors, my blood pressure isn’t changing at all. We have another three years of this nonsense. How about some interviews or opinion on what rhe right needs to do to win in 2018, recognizing it’s not just Wynne we must beat but also Horwath. Who can best do that – Elliott or Brown? Eh, Lilley?