Ford government wants to bring beer and wine to Ontario convenience stores

Jul 13 2018, 1:34 pm

The Ontario provincial government laid out its official agenda Thursday during the throne speech at Queen’s Park.

The throne speech, which was delivered by Ontario’s Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, was titled “A Government for the People,” stressed that change is coming to Ontario.

From auditing spending and ending the cap-and-trade policy to replacing the current sex-ed curriculum, the speech echoed most of Premier Doug Ford’s campaign promises.

Additionally, the PC Party promised the province would expand how it currently sells beer and wine.

“Your new government will respect consumers and trust adults to make the responsible choices that work best for them,” the speech said.

“That’s why it will expand the sale of beer and wine to convenience stores, grocery stores and big-box stores.”

And while this move would be welcomed by the public, it turns out there’s a contract between the province and Brewers Retail (the Beer Store) that doesn’t allow the sale of beer in corner stores.

The contract is locked in until 2025, so it doesn’t look like this could come into effect any time soon.

This move comes after the PC Party announced it would be making significant changes to the current sex-ed curriculum taught to grades 1 to 12 in the upcoming school year.

This September, students will be taught an older sex-ed curriculum that dates back 20 years, rather than the curriculum that was instated by the Liberals in 2015.

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