In this stock photo, a store’s beer cooler is filled with beverages.
It’s the end of the line for the archaic Beer Store monopoly, which prioritizes the profits of large foreign-owned corporation over the interests of small business owners, local brewers, and consumers.It is a fundamentally unfair deal. Why would the government give a corporation such a sweetheart deal? Lobbyists. The same lobbyists from The Beer Store and its union, now in hysterics because they will have to compete, just like in every other jurisdiction on the planet.The scare tactics used to hold Ontario consumers hostage are in no short supply. The most egregious being the grossly exaggerated claim of $1 billion penalty. A number manufactured by Beer Store lawyers with no actual basis in contract. Massive job loss claims are befuddling, given that, even in a competitive environment, The Beer Store will have advantages as the first established retailer with a massive distribution network in place. The Beer Store and its union would have you believe, without their monopoly, chaos will ensue and no one else can be trusted to verify IDs.Small business and convenience store owners have been selling age restricted products in Ontario for decades and commonly sell alcohol in other Canadian Provinces, most US States, and virtually all over Europe. The sky is not falling. It’s about time that consumers are treated like adults and given choice and convenience, instead of being beholden to a prohibition-style monopoly. Take a short trip to Michigan, where specialty stores sell hundreds of local craft beers, blowing Beer Store’s claims of great selection out of the water. It’s about time that small businesses, craft brewers, and Ontario Wineries get more opportunities to grow their business, expand the distribution networks, and create additional jobs. I say good riddance to The Beer Store monopoly. It’s long overdue. Scott Fenn, St. Clair Beach