Over 400,000 sign petition for corner store alcohol sales

Petition to be brought to Queen's Park

They have 20 cases filled with pages of a petition signed by residents asking for alcohol to be sold in corner stores.

That's 400,000 signatures.

Ontario Convenience Stores Associate CEO Dave Bryans says it proves people want the province's system to change.

As it stands, you can only buy alcohol at the LBCO, the Beer Store and smaller wine outlets in larger cities. In Northern Ontario, there are LCBO agency stores attached to grocery stores.

Bryans says he doesn't expect any movement on this issue in the upcoming budget but maintains the province will change their views on the issue. He points to a recent pilot project announcement to have LCBO kiosks in some larger grocery chains.

He plans on delivering the petition to Queen's Park in the coming days.

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  1. Jack posted on 04/23/2014 11:53 AM
    LCBO kiosks in grocery stores miss the point entirely. What Ontario wants is NO MORE STATE-RUN MONOPOLY. What we want is to have a choice between several privately-owned, non-union sources to buy our liquor, or to buy directly from the source if we choose. What we want is to be treated like adults, rather than the irresponsible children the Liberal government seems to believe we are.

    (And to anyone who says liquor prices would go up: Who cares? Are you really that much of an alcoholic that any fluctuation in the price of your Jim Beam throws your entire household budget out of control?)
    1. Frankie posted on 04/23/2014 12:52 PM
      @Jack Too bad there isn't a petition to overthrow the Liberal government and reduce taxes. Wouldn't that be a novel idea
  2. Dean posted on 04/23/2014 06:01 PM
    Considering any 13-year-old kid with a burka can walk into an LCBO and buy liquor without getting carded, why shouldn't we have it available in the same stores where people are already trained not to sell cigarettes or lottery tickets to kids?
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