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Posted August 9, 2012

Liquor should be sold outside LCBO, say Ontario PCs

Via CBC:

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives continue to put pressure on the governing Liberals to allow beer and wine to be sold at privately run commercial outlets, despite a lack of appetite from the premier for any change.

PC finance critic Peter Shurman said the current system, where most people can only buy beer and liquor at government-run LCBO outlets or beer stores, is antiquated.

“I think it’s time to re-examine the fact that we have a monopolistic system that sells us our beer and our wine,” said Shurman in an interview withMetro Morning on Thursday.

The Tories’ push on the matter comes after the Ontario Convenience Stores Association presented the government with a petition signed by 112,500 people from across the province supporting the idea of broader retail availability of beer and wine. PC Leader Tim Hudak at the time urged the government to act and change the system.

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