Doug Ford can feel the heat.
He can also sense the thirst. For he can see a hunger in the land for beer in a corner store near you.
Now, the premier who proclaimed himself leader of “Ontario’s First Government For the People” has a revolutionary plan. A Five Year Plan.
It begins with a bit of Bolshevism — by blowing the Beer Store out of the water.
Ford’s Tories will pass a law this month cancelling a signed contract between the crown and the Beer Store’s owners — condemned as a “sweetheart deal” with foreign-owned multinationals. His Progressive Conservative government shall pass legislation for cancellation without compensation, using its supreme powers to absolve Ontario of any liability in a court of law.
Confiscatory legislation invites litigation, so we may yet pay the price — estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. But the revolution demands sacrifices. MORE
“Our strong concern is that terminating an existing contract, and doing so without compensation — something we understand is proposed in the case of the ‘Bringing Choice and Fairness to the People Act’ — risks sending a negative signal to U.S. and other international investors about the business and investment climate in Ontario.”