Huffington Post Canada: Time For Canada to Shake its Prohibition Hangover

Huffington Post Canada:

“The Beer Store is another prohibition-era hangover. It is owned and operated by Labatt and Molson (which are now owned by InBev and Interbrew), and has a monopoly on beer sales (excluding sales at the LCBO). Unlike the LCBO, the Beer Store does not have a mandate to keep prices high. But as a monopoly, it has no reason not to. It does abide by minimum price levels, which the government continually raises. The Beer Store monopoly is baffling. The justification for the LCBO is that it generates revenue for the government (albeit, less than would be generated under a private system). There is no reasonable justification offered for the continued monopoly of the now foreign-owned Beer Store.”


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