Ontario Government Bringing Back "Buck-a-Beer" Minimum Pricing

Ontario Government Bringing Back

Ontario Government Bringing Back "Buck-a-Beer" Minimum Pricing

Ford also promised to allow the sale of beer, wine and spirits in corner stores across the province. The slogan is reminiscent of old-fashioned saloons offering "free lunch" and the ultimate truth that there is none.

It was one of Mr. Ford's signature campaign promises during the spring election, and on Tuesday the Ford government announced it was going ahead with a plan to lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 from the current $1.25.

"Nobody is being forced to lower their prices and there will be no subsidies or tax handouts", Ford said at the event. "It's a buck-a-beer challenge - they'll have end of aisle when it comes to the LCBO, they might have those shelf extenders, they might be able to go into the LCBO, but it's costing the taxpayers zero", Ford told reporters Tuesday.

"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". The PC government's "buck-a-beer challenge" is really a challenge to see brewers produce beer more cheaply today than they did a decade ago, despite the higher associated costs. "Here we have a premier who is cutting income to the very poorest amongst us as a priority, and at the same time subsidizing buck-a-beer", referring to the recent cancellation of the basic income pilot program.

The Conservatives have said a return to buck a beer would see more competition in the beer market without affecting the province's revenues from beer and wine taxes, which the provincial government has said brought in $589 million in 2016-2017. Today I am proud to say: "Promise made, promise kept".

He said he would introduce legislation to lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 (Cdn) from $1.25 (Cdn) and that his majority Progessive Conservative government will approve the law by August 27th. "I just don't think this is something our membership would ever entertain", Mr. Simmons said.

"We're going to do this smartly and responsibly".

The move will have no effect on the province's almost $600-million in revenue from beer and alcohol taxes, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said. The price does not include a bottle deposit and does not apply to draft beer. "The Premier is asking the beer producers to lower their price".

A number of other breweries, including Great Lakes Brewery, Muskoka Brewery and The Napanee Beer Co., voiced frustration with the initiative and vowed that they wouldn't participate.

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