Posted July 31, 2012

Beer and wine cannot be sold in corner stores, says [Ontario] government. Again.

Via The Toronto Star:

The issue of beer and wine in corner stores has been around for decades.

Former Liberal premier David Peterson promised it in his 1985 election campaign but never delivered. Tory leader Mike Harris followed in his 1995 platform, but once in power held the line at creating the agency stores and making consumer-friendly changes at LCBO outlets.

Hudak’s predecessor, John Tory, said he would consider “test markets” where Ontario craft beer and wine would be sold in private stores to boost the profile of homegrown products, and add a European flair to shopping.

Bryans touted a similar idea Wednesday, saying small Ontario stores would be helping out small Ontario breweries and wineries.

He took aim at the Beer Store chain for being “foreign-owned” after takeovers of major Canadian breweries and called LCBO stores “Taj Mahals” for costly renovations.

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