Feb 02, 2015
By Michael Kramer
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.