Barrie-Area MPPs Join Chorus Of Weekend Alcohol-Related Tweets

MPP Downey Indicates Spate Of Similar Tweets Was a Coincidence

Reports have it the Conservative Government made a coordinated effort to promote alcohol in convenience stores over the weekend, with both Barrie-area MPPs adding their voices to the fray.

An alcohol-themed tweet was sent out by Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MPP Doug Downey early Saturday afternoon. Downy tells Barrie 360 the series of tweets from his fellow conservatives was merely good timing. “It’s an issue we campaigned on, it’s an issue that’s in front of the house right now. We made a promise to make life more convenient, so it is a topical issue, and we all seized hold of it in the same time frame.” Downey’s was among the few tweets on the subject not featuring a local convenience store. “Sometimes you’re out somewhere and you think of things, and you want to act on them” added Downey.

Barrie-Innisfil’s representative, Andrea Khanjin did hit up a local business for her tweet regarding corner store beer on Saturday afternoon.

A leaked email reportedly instructed many PC MPPs to visit a neighbourhood convenience store and highlight it as a possible future location to buy beer and wine. Downey didn’t confirm or deny the existence of this email, but says the choice to tweet was left up to the individual. “I can tell you that there was a bunch of MPPs that didn’t do it. I couldn’t tell you who did and who didn’t. I know a few who didn’t, for sure. So it was left up to the individual to do it or not.”

The alleged campaign has since been called “misguided” by opposition parties.

This comes as the Ontario Government introduced legislation on Monday, that would see a 10-year agreement with the Beer Store torn up, as the Ford Government moves to make beer and wine more readily available in corner stores.

Dozens of tweets sent out by PC MPPs on Saturday, including from Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, the Health Ministry’s Christine Elliot, and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.