midlife crisis wrote:Don't disagree with that. I'm not supporting Doug Ford as the optimal outcome for Ontario. I'm just saying I think there is little chance that he intends to privatize the LCBO. On balance, I think he may turn out to be more open to a loosening of some of the dumber rules surrounding beer that all of us on here hate than either of the other two parties would have been.
I've seen no inclination that Ford himself has any interest in doing it, yet. I also don't think he's a real conservative either, but that's neither here nor there. It's the people who he surrounds himself with who will determine what happens.
If it turns out that the Liberals have been fudging the fiscal numbers (again - not something I'm asserting, just floating it as a possibility), selling off the LCBO is one guaranteed way to make a quick buck, 407 style. A paranoid thought, sure, but we live in an increasingly ridiculous world.
I'd love to see some of those dumb rules loosened, but Ford doesn't seem the type of person to pay a lot of attention to nitty gritty social policy-wonk details like those mentioned upthread (e.g. growler fill rules or making the import system less byzantine). One exception: the extension of alcohol sales hours could be a winner for him, because that's the sort of thing that (should be) easy to change and will win him easy points (and not just from his base).