The Ford Government is cutting ties with the Beer Store in a potential bid to increase where suds could be sold.
Legislation has been tabled by the governing PCs that would terminate a 10-year contract with the Beer Store, as Premier Doug Ford indicates plans to have beer and wine on offer in Ontario corner stores.
Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has tabled a bill that would disrupt what he called a monopoly, after last month handing down a budget that loosened the restrictions of alcohol sales in Ontario. “The unfair agreement with the Beer Store puts the interests of three large global brewers ahead of Ontario consumers, taxpayers and small businesses,” said Fedeli. “It’s a bad deal for people in Ontario who want more choice and convenience, and it’s deeply unfair to businesses who want to compete in this sector.”
The previous Liberal government signed a decade-long deal about four years ago, that permitted an expansion of beer and wine stores at hundreds of grocery stores across the province, including in Barrie.
Fedeli says the legislation tabled today would protect Ontario taxpayers from having to foot any bill stemming from the contract’s early termination.