Debate on where to buy beer in Ontario continues to heat up

Quickie general manager Chris Wilcox reacted to a study by the Beer Store which claims suds could...

Quickie general manager Chris Wilcox reacted to a study by the Beer Store which claims suds could be $10 more a case if corner stores were allowed to sell booze, by saying it's not about price — it's about convenience. (DOUG HEMPSTEAD/Ottawa Sun)

Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

The debate over where you can buy beer is intensifying, with the convenience store lobby submitting the largest signed petition ever collected in Ontario to Queen's Park Wednesday, and The Beer Store quickly firing back.

The beer giant, which accounts for half of all retail beer sold in the province, warns increased access to alcohol would lead to a spike in underage drinking in Ontario, recently launching an expensive TV ad campaign to drive their point home.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association was quick to label that a "fear-mongering" blitz to protect The Beer Store's near-monopoly, and urged the Ontario government to revisit an "antiquated" retailing system that dates back to Prohibition.

 


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