According to the study, alcohol-related visits to hospital emergency departments in Ontario increased by 17.8 per cent after grocery stores started to sell beer and wine.
With the privatization of alcohol sales, OPSEU asks the question: “Who’s winning here? It isn’t Ontarians."
"This is a serious public health issue.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The loss of public revenue from reduced sales at BC Liquor Stores is also worrying. Those revenues pay for health, social services, education and other public services." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“So privatization costs the government more; and this move with beer and wine sales will mean the government takes in less. This is a strange approach in hard economic times." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (17 March 2015) — "The news that the government plans to introduce the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores is troubling in four very distinct ways," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
“The numbers are staggering. From 2003 to 2007 alone, the LCBO permitted close to $1 billion in retail sales to be sold through private agency stores.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.