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Eliminating transfer restrictions

Posted by hitnerwine on April 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

A few days ago, I read in the Toronto Star that a parliamentary committee in Ottawa is set to hear a private member’s bill that would permit alcohol to be shipped between provinces, thus eliminating a rule that has been in place since 1928 forbidding such transfers.

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One would expect opinions on such an issue to vary.

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For provincial liquor monopolies, such a bill would likely be neither supported nor welcomed. By eliminating transfer restrictions, consumers would then be able to purchase, or supplement, wine and other types of alcohol from alternate sources, thus lowering provincial revenues. For example, a wine buyer in Ontario would no longer be wholly dependent on the LCBO, but would be able to order wine from a private merchant in Alberta. The taxes from such a purchase would then go to Albertan coffers, not Ontario’s.

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On the other hand, consumers might view things differently. By eliminating transfer restrictions, there would be no more reliance on a single source for alcohol. There would be more choices of products, wine or otherwise. There would even be more flexibility in pricing. Need I say more?

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