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.