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Government 'more committed than ever' to expand alcohol beverages sales despite LCBO workers' strike

OPSEU is urging the government to drop the plan to take the ready-to-drink beverages into the private market, saying the growing popularity of such drinks threatens their livelihood as a retail operation and puts $2.5 billion in revenue at risk.

Published Jul 10, 2024 at 2:23am

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Government 'more committed than ever' to expand alcohol beverages sales despite LCBO workers' strike
OPSEU president JP Hornick and Ontario Liberal Leader Bonnie Crombie speaking at a LCBO workers' rally this Tuesday afternoon. (QP Briefing / Barbara Patrocinio)

Amid the LCBO workers’ strike that began this Friday, the government says they continue to be committed to the plan, and directed the LCBO to focus on the promotion of Ontario-made products. So far, no negotiations are in place to end the strike.

The strike was triggered by the government’s plan to expand alcohol sales, particularly the sale of pre-mixed ready-to-drink beverages at convenience and grocery stores, which OPSEU argues could threaten jobs and reduce public revenue​.

The final amount of the cost of the government’s plan to speed up the sale of beer in corner stores by 16 months is still unknown, but it is expected to be more than the originally announced $225-million.

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