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Online Poll Suggests Beer, Wine Sales Fine, As Is

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Majority in online survey feel alcohol sales fine in LCBO, Beer Store, and do not need to be changed.

Although Ontario's Progressive Conservatives are looking to expand beer and wine sales to more grocery and convenience stores, many people seem not to want it.

Bayshore Broadcasting News asked if you think the province should expand beer and wine sales.

A majority of respondents to our line poll -- 62 per cent -- say they oppose the idea of more stores selling alcohol.

More than half of that number feel the current system works for Ontarians, while the smaller half feels changing the current 10-year agreement with the Beer Store will be too costly.

Meantime, only 38 per cent of voters in our poll favoured the proposal to expand alcohol sales.

The vast majority in favour of expanding alcohol sales feel Ontario needs to catch up with the method by which other provinces sell beer, wine, and liquor.

According to the Retail Council of Canada, Ontario has only 2.4 outlets selling alcohol per 10 thousand people, compared to the national average of 5.92.

Only four per cent of survey respondents feel the province should go further, by allowing anyone to sell alcohol.

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