In a highly anticipated move, the PC government has tabled legislation that would soon terminate a contract with The Beer Store paving the way for beer in convenience stores across Ontario.
This decision will reverse the 10-year deal between the previous Liberals and the brewers that permitted an expansion of beer and wine sales to hundreds of grocery stores.
But breaking the agreement could trigger steep financial penalties.
While tabling today’s bill, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said the current system is a monopoly that is a bad deal for consumers and businesses.
The Tories also announced a number of loosened alcohol restrictions in last month’s budget, including allowing alcohol to be served at 9 a.m., seven days a week, letting people consume booze in parks, and legalizing tailgating parties near sports events.
While it is clear that there will be a wave of job losses for hundreds if not thousands of Beer Store employees once the new plan goes into effect, it will breathe life into convenience stores that will see their revenues rise as a result. But there could also be beer heists committed by criminals and delinquents who would be tempted to make off with a few cans especially at a deserted convenience store manned by a single employee. -CINEWS