Ontario Tory MPP Introduces Bill to Allow Cross-Brewery Beer Sales

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TORONTO, ON – In a move that adds an interesting spin to the battle currently being waged by The Beer Store and the Ontario Convenience Stores Association over beer retailing in Ontario, a backbench Minister from the opposition Progressive Conservative Party has introduced a private member’s bill in the Ontario Legislature that would allow breweries in the province to transport, warehouse and sell beer from other breweries.

Introduced earlier this week by Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, the Raise a Glass to Ontario Act would amend the Liquor Control Act of Ontario to allow the following:

1. A manufacturer of beer or cider may sell, in stores it owns and operates, its own beer or cider as well as that of other manufacturers of beer or cider.

2. A manufacturer of spirits or wine may sell, in stores it owns and operates, its own spirits or wine as well as that of other manufacturers of the same type of liquor.

3. A liquor manufacturer may transport and deliver for sale its own liquor, as well as that of other manufacturers, and may warehouse or store its own liquor in a warehouse that is separate from its manufacturing facility.

4. A designated manufacturers’ association may transport and deliver for sale and may warehouse any manufacturer’s liquor.

The bill was carried through First Reading on Monday April 28th, but will need carry in two more readings, with committee hearings in-between, before it is passed into law.

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  1. Think of the Children!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Sadly it will die after the election call. Hopefully it gets revived in the next legislature

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  3. This is a great idea, too bad our politicians care more about keeping big corporations happy rather than the people of Ontario

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