YOU'LL SEE NO BEER FOR SALE IN ONTARIO CORNER STORES

Feb 02, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario won’t allow beer to be sold in corner stores.

But Premier Kathleen Wynne says changes are coming this spring – to the way beer, wine and spirits are sold – when a review is completed of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its relationship with the Beer Store and wine retailers.

Wynne dismisses the idea of beer sales in convenience stores – something the previous Liberal government of David Peterson promised in the late 1980s – but it never delivered.

Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark is conducting a review of government assets, including the LCBO.

He already recommended the foreign-owned Beer Store give taxpayers a “fair share” of profits for its virtual monopoly on beer sales – which Clark said could be auctioned off – if the Beer Store doesn’t want to pay a fee.

Ontario’s craft brewers say their market share is being hobbled by the Beer Store, which makes it difficult and expensive for them to sell their products in its 448 retail outlets.

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