Unveiling of provincial buck a beer scheme expected today

Roman Schwartz
August 8, 2018

Ontario launched its buck-a-beer plan Tuesday by offering "non-financial incentives" to brewers who sell their beer for $1, prompting critics to question the Progressive Conservative government's priorities and accuse the province of trying to deflect scrutiny on key issues such as education and the environment. It's up to brewers to actually pass down the savings of $1 beer to consumers.

"Promises made, promises kept", Ford said.

If you're looking for a cheap brew in Ford's "buck-a-beer" era, head to Prince Edward County, Ont. "Instead we're going to do what we said we would do and put Ontario consumers first". "Does he think reducing the beer price floor from $1.25 to $1 will solve real problems?"

The program will see the government-set minimum price of beer drop from $1.25 to $1.00 before tax and deposit.

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It is unknown if any additional Ontario craft breweries will participate.

"If the government wants to help society", he says, "they could start by putting a minimum price on other things that are more important to people who could use a helping hand. It's a buck-a-beer challenge - they'll have end of aisle when it comes to the LCBO, they might have those shelf extenders, they might be able to go into the LCBO, but it's costing the taxpayers zero", Ford told reporters Tuesday. "There are more important things to choose from". Napanee Beer Company tweeted that it won't participate in this: "There are a lot of things that our province needs", they said, "but "buck a beer" isn't one of them". "So yah, we're out". "The premier is asking beer producers to lower their prices down to a dollar".

Many have questioned Ford's timing on this, not only because it will kick in just ahead of the Labor Day Weekend but because the announcement falls on the heels of cuts to social assistance. In a statement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said lowering the price of beer carries a risk to public safety, and can lead to an increase in alcohol-related problems including impaired driving.

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