Comment 66649

By -Hammer- (registered) | Posted July 20, 2011 at 17:30:39

As a frequenter of I will certainly agree with points of this article and disagree with others.

I disagree with opening up the sale of alcohol and deregulating it. The LCBO makes a LOT of money that goes directly into government coffers, and does so in a responsible fashion that I would not expect of the private sector. I also disagree with the auctioning process, as there would be little to stop the big three of simply buying out all of the licenses.

What I am for is abolishing the Beer Store monopoly. It is ludicrous that a small brewer has to subsidize his competitors just to sell his product. Smaller brewers must be given a right to purchase into the organization. Frankly, any brewer who brews a certain amount of beer in this province should be allowed to buy into it and import beer should face levies to list, with a cap on share ownership based on how much beer you are producing in province.

What I would also love to see is the OCB get around this legislation by opening up a brewery in every city (as you can still sell beer direct from your brewery) and keep opening up smaller breweries that sell just OCB products.

Comment edited by -Hammer- on 2011-07-20 17:32:29

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