Private beer monopoly showing its cracks
Written by Brady White on April 16, 2014 in The Beer Diaries
Ontario is the most populous province in Canada, as well as home to its largest city, and the federal government. What they also have is a monopoly that controls the vast majority of beer sales inside the province, called the Beer Store. Owned by a partnership of Molson, Labatt, and Sleeman (foreign-owned corporations, all), they operate retail beer sales at establishments that can harken back to the Strange Brew-era level of customer experience when shopping for suds. But now, political noise is being made about the possibility of having beer sales in convenience stores, much in the same manner as those in neighbouring Quebec, and in the American border states. Instead of a reasoned dialogue about the better serving of the people of Ontario, at the cost, yes, of increased competition to them, the Beer Store resorts to the fear mongering detailed here, which also relates some of the blowback they’ve so deservingly received.