One day. Maybe. Perhaps. It is sort of a cyclical thing but something tells me Progressive Conservative Leadership Candidate Randy Hillier might be a little more adamant on this promise than past politicians in opposition:
“Dalton McGuinty is costing local Ontario businesses millions of dollars, to the benefit of foreign-owned breweries.” Hillier proposes to allow corner stores to be able to sell wine and beer. As well restaurants, bars and hotels would be able to sell off-sales to further help their businesses. “These changes will help Ontario’s service industry grow and prosper, and provide more options for Ontarians” continued Hillier.
We've talked about this before and others like Cass have actually tried doing something about it. It is something of a no brainer. Seeing as populous southern Ontario is surrounded by the "beer in corner store" jurisdictions of Michigan, New York and Quebec, this idea that there is anything culturally significant is a bit silly. One has to make and accept the argument that we need greater control than our neighbours for that to work. Heck, the provincial government declared it was going to open up private beer sales 24 years ago but then backed off. But it does get you wondering about the possibilities. I don't know what you think about it but wouldn't "A Good Beer Shop" be a catchy name for a store specializing in fine craft beer, cravats and berets, tasty beef jerky and other appropriate snacking products?