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Ontario asks what people want in the budget: The resounding answer? Booze

Allison Jones, Canadian Press | February 27, 2015

TORONTO — Ontarians have given the government a resounding answer to the question what would they like to see in the budget: booze.

Residents were invited to submit ideas online then vote on them during a public consultation period that closed Friday. The most popular idea by far is allowing private

retailers to sell beer, wine and alcohol. Premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated changes to the alcohol distribution system are coming, but selling beer in convenience stores won’t be one of them. The Liberal government tapped TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to examine the relationship between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store as part of a review of all government assets, and his recommendations are expected to come in the spring budget.