Ontario seeks change in Liquor Laws



Beer of six-packs each will be sold in the first Ontario supermarkets, yet there will be no wine since procedures have not been finalized yet. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s symbolic purchase will to a greater extent understand a dream suggested by previous premier David Peterson in 1985 when he guaranteed beer and wine in corner stores however, never came in the legislature.

Still after 30 years of time, offering wine in general stores remains a hard nut to crack in prohibitive Ontario — despite the fact that jurisdictions in the neighbouring places like Quebec and New York are enjoying liberalised alcohol laws.

While Wynne’s privatisation czar, Ed Clark, engaged in building up the outline for offering beer in supermarkets, he and his group still need more time to finish a guide for wine deals. Sources told that Clark’s plan won’t be finished till the New Year.

“It’s significantly more complicated than beer,” said one insider, clarifying that plans for the Beer Store, the private 448-store chain that had a monopoly in a true imposing business model since 1927, was more clear for the vested interests in the worldwide wine industry. Clark’s work is much tricky on the grounds that there exist exclusive wine centers now working inside scores of general stores.

President of the Wine Council of Ontario, Richard Linley, said the winemakers are uncomfortable that yet another due date for an arrangement – access to Ontario VQA wines will be missed. Linley added that they will keep on developing the local industry if the government allows Ontarians to cultivate in a retail landscape — with shopping choices that give the public more decision and varities. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has a monopoly infrastructure of selling quality foreign wines at its 651 stores.