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Dalton Says, “It ain’t broke”

July 9th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Continuing its series on the beer retail system in Ontario, The Toronto Star published some quotes from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today about his thoughts on the issue. He said, “I like the system as it’s found at present” and continued to use the social responsibility excuse as a reason to prevent change.

How unfortunate that the Premier is not willing to even consider that there may be a better way of selling beer in Ontario. And even more unfortunate is the belief that social responsibility could not exist with other retail systems. There are bars and pubs on virtually every major street and they consistently practice “social responsibility” and keep alcohol out of the hands of minors, with stiff penalties upon violation. Could private retail not be expected to do the same?

I wonder if we will ever have a government willing to seriously look at this issue? Dalton – let’s have a beer and chat about it. I’ll even pay.

Tags: Government · Media · The Beer Store

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  • 1 LAISSEZFAIRE // Jul 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Well I would say. Ontario needs leaders like the late great William Lyon Mackenzie…

    The Beer Store is like organized crime set up by our great extortionist government as they hold our hand. At least in America they have Anti- trust laws.

    We need oversite or an inquiry into The Beer Store. NOW!!!! with or without Dalton!!!


  • 2 Ohly Smokes // Jul 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Does anyone know where we find the petition mentioned in the Toronto Sun?

    Amazing how huge numbers of other countries can sell alcohol anywhere and mayhem doesn’t break out in the streets.

  • 3 LAISSEZFAIRE // Jul 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Here’s the petition:

    A cartel: (wiki)

    is a formal (explicit) agreement among firms. Cartels usually occur in an oligopolistic industry, where there are a small number of sellers and usually involve homogeneous products. Cartel members may agree on such matters as price fixing, total industry output, market shares, allocation of customers, allocation of territories, bid rigging, establishment of common sales agencies, and the division of profits or combination of these. The aim of such collusion is to increase individual member’s profits by reducing competition. Competition laws forbid cartels. Identifying and breaking up cartels is an important part of the competition policy in most countries, although proving the existence of a cartel is rarely easy, as firms are usually not so careless as to put agreements to collude on paper.

  • 4 shaverman // Jul 14, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Who is Dalton protecting? Does he really believe that the workerts at the Beer store are more responsible citzens than the grocery stores, the Mac’s, the Hasty Markets, the local Convenience stores all across this province? Dalton give us some credit for being responsible citizens. Other jurisdiction and many countries around the world have a free enterprise system with the doom and gloom predictions of rampant youth alcoholism as you sugest. Get your head out of thesand and bring Ontario forward to the 20th entury.

    Peter P