JerCraigs wrote:As for the opinion of ONE of the guys on the board who more directly benefits as an employee (and has been very open about that), I think SBG has made it pretty clear in other posts that his opinion would likely be the same regardless of where he worked. Just like all those folks who are blathering on about how the LCBO should be abolished, for ideological reasons regardless of where they work.
If you look at the comments on the article a good percentage of them are from Alberta and BC residents claiming that the private system is worse... The grass is always greener eh?
That's right. I don't think the LCBO should necessarily be 'abolished', perhaps it could still exist as a controller of any new private store retail conducted in Ontario. The Bureau itself is not a chain of stores, it is a control body. Additional private stores could be licensed by the LCBO just as LLBO restaurants are now licensed, and the LC could still enforce an extremely high standard of 'social responsibility' to customers. All without the need to rely solely on provincial stores or rule product selection with an iron hand.
This means you could shop at a Loblaws beer section, and at the checkout the cashier would simply ID you if you appear to be under 40 years of age. Implement stiff legislation for licensees to do this - and use electronic ID confirmation (that technology is getting better., why not use it?)
Allowing the responsible retail of alcohol anywhere, just like cigarettes, would enable the Province to collect more diverse alcohol revenue with less overhead. And it would reduce travel, allowing consumers the option to drive their cars to fewer locations, thus reducing their personal carbon footprint. It's ecologically absurd many of us have
to drive to three or more
separate locations just for food, alcohol, and deposit returns. Enabling chain supermarkets to sell alcohol and (quite logically) handle return bottles would make a huge impact for many households...... Smaller specialty stores could be run just as accountably as the supermarket chain example, and could double as specialty food stores catering to the fine-food demographic, again reducing travel time, stress & auto pollution.
This doesn't seem whiny or pie-in-the-sky to me, it appears to be the best of what we've got and what we would like to have.