Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Buck a beer by Labour Day weekend, Doug Ford announces

Buck-a-beer details confirmed, Ontario brewery announces participation Ford Announces Buck-a-Beer Plan
Orlando Vargas | 08 August, 2018, 20:26

A source with knowledge of the plan told The Canadian Press last week that the Progressive Conservative plan will lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 from $1.25 by the Labour Day weekend.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford was all smiles today as he helped stack beer at the Barley Days Brewery in Picton; all smiles, too, as he delivered on an election promise to lower the minimum price on a bottle of beer.

The province previously had buck-a-beer, but that was changed by the former Liberal government in 2008.

"Nobody is being forced to lower their prices and there will be no subsidies or tax handouts", Ford said, calling the move a "win-win".

"And it won't affect the provincial treasury as beer is a volumetric tax".

"We're bringing back a buck-a-beer to Ontario".

What it will mean is that the government will offer "non-financial incentives" to brewers who sell beer for $1.

"Give the tax payers a break and let them have 24 cans of beer for 24 bucks". "They created a new rule, another piece of red tape that made a buck-a-beer illegal", said Mr. Ford.

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"If the government wants to help society", he says, "they could start by putting a minimum price on other things that are more important to people who could use a helping hand".

"Lower alcohol prices can lead to increased consumption, particularly among those with alcohol problems, and among young people, and that increased consumption can in turn lead to increased alcohol-related problems, including impaired driving".

"Limited time discounts, in-store displays and end of the aisles shelf extenders - or advertising in the LCBO flyers or newspaper inserts". "But instead of a climate plan or help for people living in poverty, it's a cheap beer challenge", Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said in a statement.

Tweeted Great Lakes Beer: "You definitely won't see #FreshGLB take part in this". "We believe in our brands, take pride in our quality and firmly feel that are current prices are very fair".

Meek says Kitchesippi contributes to the community through a variety of charitable events and supports a staff that is well-paid with good benefits, both of which would have to be cut if he were to cut the price of a bottle of beer to a dollar.

The Premier did not comment on Tuesday on his larger campaign plan to allow for the wider sale of alcohol in Ontario, including expanding beer and wine sales to corner stores and big box stores.

Breweries in the province have also been outspoken against the challenge.

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