BUCK-A-BEER? LO­CAL BREWERS SAY NO WAY TO FORD PLAN

Tribune Express - - AFFAIRES - BUSINESS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

The ow­ners for all four of Pres­cottRus­sell’s lo­cal craft bre­we­ries say they can’t af­ford to help Pre­mier Doug Ford make good on his election cam­pai­gn pro­mise of a “buck-a-beer” plan for On­ta­rio’s beer-lo­vers.

Star­ting Au­gust 27, Ford plans to make good on his pro­mise to lo­wer the price of a can or bot­tle of beer from $1.25 to a EPMMBS PO -$#0 TIFMWFT 0OUBSJP T CSFXF­ries can choose whe­ther or not they take QBSU JO 'PSE T OFX QSJDJOH TDIFNF BOE UIF SFTQPOTF TP GBS JT B SFTPVOEJOH i/P u GSPN 0OUBSJP T DSBGU CSFXFSJFT JODMVEJOH UIF GPVS in Pres­cott-Rus­sell.

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Buck-a-beer plan

“It’s im­pos­sible for us to pa­ckage wa­ter at that price, let alone beer,” said Ni­co­las Mal­boeuf of Tuque de Broue in Em­brun. “That’s a big ‘No’.”

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Ford claims his plan will in­crease com­pe­ti­tion in the beer mar­ket wi­thout af­fec­ting QSPWJODJBM SFWFOVFT GSPN CFFS BOE XJOF UBYFT %VSJOH UIF àTDBM ZFBS UIF QSPWJODJBM HPWFSONFOU SFDFJWFE BCPVU $589 mil­lion in al­co­hol taxes.

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