One of the biggest issues out there right now is the question of where Ontarians should be allowed to buy their beer, wine and hard liquor.
On one side of the debate are organizations like the C.D. Howe Institute that recently released a study that said the LCBO and The Beer Store monopolies should be ended and Ontarians should be offered a much wider range of choices about where they buy their booze. Backing this perspective are the convenience store owners, the supermarkets and other retailers who obviously would like to sell beer, wine and hard liquor.
On the other side of the debate are the three foreign-owned, multinational breweries who own The Beer Store, unions representing workers at the LCBO and The Beer Store, and a whole range of consumer and parent groups who are concerned about wider access to liquor – especially to underage teenagers. Continue reading