Political culture is a weird thing. It doesn't translate well from nation to nation and leaving the words associated with themselves rather meaningless. Conservative or liberal? Anarchist or patriot? Who know what any of this stuff means? Yet, there are moments when you know that being a Canadian politician means there is one thing you can't disapprove: beer.
Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says he won't rule out bringing back "buck a beer" if he becomes premier this fall. "Many folks, myself included, look forward to that $24 two-four on the May 24 weekend," Hudak told reporters on Monday. "That is now something that has passed under Dalton McGuinty." The Progressive Conservatives are yet to release their official election platform, but Hudak says he's committed to reducing the cost of living – and that could include beer prices. "I do hear from people who say ‘Come on, I can't even get a buck a beer in this province thanks to Dalton McGuinty's policies," Hudak said.
Blame the government for the price of beer? Well, you can when the government controls the minimum retail price through a Crown owned corporation and making "recommendations". Still, no social conservatism that tells us beer is bad... and not even fiscal libertarian conservatism telling us that the LCBO needs to be broken up and privatized. No, it's the progressives v. the liberals up here for control of the centre... every election time... time after time. Will they actually lower the minimum price if they don't get in? Hudack says: “We’ll have more to say in the time ahead about some of the ideas we are hearing from Ontario families". I look forward to what my ten year old advises on this point.