Led by Doug Ford - the brother of the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford - Ontario's new government announced Tuesday that it would introduce legislation to roll back the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer in Canada's most populous province by the end of August. Ontario previously had buck-a-bottle beer but the previous Liberal government hiked the minimum price in 2008 citing social responsibility.
"After spending weeks ripping up contracts and curriculums, dismantling climate plans and pilot projects, this is the first time the premier has actually given us something", Schreiner said in a statement. He also indicated there are no tax incentives involved and tax payers' money will not be used.
Asked whether he was concerned that cheaper beer might contribute to substance abuse and other harms, Ford said he trusts Ontario consumers to make smart choices when it comes to alcohol, regardless of the lower price.
Eric Portelance, who co-owned Halo Brewery in Toronto until earlier this year, said the buck-a-beer challenge is "insulting" to brewers and distorts the market by devaluing their product.
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A number of other breweries, including Great Lakes Brewery, Muskoka Brewery and The Napanee Beer Co., voiced frustration with the initiative and vowed that they wouldn't participate. "We firmly believe that you really do get what you pay for", the brewery wrote. Barley Days Brewery, where Mr. Ford made his announcement, is buying new equipment and preparing to triple its capacity for the launch of a $1 lager ahead of Labour Day.
CTV News reports that breweries selling beer at $1 per bottle or can will receive no tax breaks or other direct financial support, but will be offered "lucrative incentives including prime shelf space and free advertising with the LCBO [and] other enticements [that] may include limited product discounts and in-flyer LCBO promotions". "I think it's a great deal", said Mr. Ford in an appeal to brewers.
He is to be joined by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and local MPP and Government House Leader Todd Smith. "However, if a brewery wants to sell their beer for a dollar, I don't see why they shouldn't be allowed".
The price of beer cans has jumped in recent months because of the escalating trade war with the United States which has slapped a 10-per-cent tariff on aluminium.