Ford Says He'll Expand Beer and Wine Sales When He Becomes Premier
PC leader Doug Ford says he would modernize the sale of beer and wine throughout the province, should be elected on June 7.
Ford says a PC government would expand options for Ontarians, letting consumers pick up their alcohol in corner stores, additional grocery stores and box stores based on market demand - a policy that he would intend to implement as soon as possible.
In a news release, Ford said Victoria Day weekend is a good time to acknowledge that "Ontario is mature enough for this change and ready join other jurisdictions in making life a little more convenient."
Ford adds that the government would withdraw from a deal with foreign multinational beer corporations negotiated by the Liberals, and instead, encourage a level playing field.
Under the plan, the current LCBO model would be maintained and would continue to play a role in wholesale and distribution.
The news release states that all new points of sale would be forced to adhere to high standards of compliance and be regulated in a similar manner to how the Beer Store and LCBO are at the current time.