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Thursday, April 17, 2008

St. Catharines Standard - Ontario, CA: Government shouldn't be in the booze businesss?

By Rick VanSickle

It's enough to drive you to drink.

We just don't get it here in Ontario. Well into the year 2008, almost a hundred years since Prohibition, the lasting hangover of government-run liquor boards still lingers.

It's not the government's fault. It's our fault for letting government after government get away with it in this province for this long.

Here's a serious sober thought: The government has no business deciding what you or I have to drink. It has no right, and there is no reason, for it to be in the business of pushing, promoting or pricing booze be it wine, beer or liquor.

We were reminded of this yet again last week when the LCBO admittedly goofed when it ran an ad in a beautiful full-colour glossy magazine (paid for by the good people of Ontario) suggesting that we all do our part for the environment by buying local.

More at http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=987867

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