Ont. should OK private booze sales: Prof

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Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

TORONTO -- Ontario should raise a glass to private liquor stores, says University of Calgary Prof. Jack Mintz.

"I've lived in both Ontario and Alberta, and I can tell you it's really nice when I go down the street to the store near where I live. It's excellent," said Mintz, director of the university's School of Public Policy.

"The variety and quality you can buy are terrific," he said.

Critics opposed to the sell-off of liquor stores here cite social responsibility and a loss of government revenue as reasons to hang on to the stores. They say private stores will sell booze to underage drinkers and the government will see a loss of tax revenue if they get out of the business of selling hooch.

That hasn't been the Alberta experience, said Mintz. The government still collects taxes and there's no problem with underage boozing.


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