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Sale of alcohol in troubleshooters: Doug Ford will unveil his plan this morning

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Prime Minister Doug Ford had promised election campaign in 2018 to authorize the sale of beer in convenience stores. (Archive photo)

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Ontarians will finally be able to buy beer in convenience stores, according to the plan to liberalize the sale of alcohol that the Prime Minister Doug Ford is due to present this morning, CBC sources indicate.

This plan will not come into force, however, before January 1, 2026, according to the same sources.

Doug Ford promised during the 2018 election campaign to allow convenience stores to sell beer.

However, the 10-year government agreement with the private chain Beer Store prohibits it. This agreement will, however, expire in 2025, hence the reform proposed by the Conservatives for 2026.

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Get ready, we have some big news to announce [Thursday], Ford says in a social media video Wednesday.

Les Beer Store , which are owned by large brewers, will continue to be part of the system, according to what Premier Ford indicated in November. He must specify today what their role will be exactly.

Furthermore, according to the provincial plan, all supermarkets would be authorized to sell beer and wine. The number of points of sale is currently limited to 450.

Premier Ford is also expected to announce today that gas stations that sell Food stores will also be able to sell alcohol starting in 2026, according to CBC sources. would also no longer have a monopoly on the sale of cases of 12 or 24 beers.

NDP Leader Marit Stiles said Wednesday that she does not immediately oppose the liberalization of the sale of ;alcohol, but she worries about the possible loss of thousands of good union jobs in Beer Stores.

According to her, it is also necessary risk reduction measures to prevent liberalization from leading to more dependency problems.

Moreover, we do not know about ;now whether the provincial plan could result in a reduction in profits for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

In 2020, the Ford government had allowed restaurants to sell beer and wine with takeout.

With information from CBC News and La Canadian Press

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