Doug Ford’s journey from buck-a-beer to Bolshevism

Premier Doug Ford takes a tour of the mock-up facility in the Darlington Power Complex, in Bowmanville, Ont. on May 31, 2019. If the premier’s “Open for Business” slogan can be suspended for the Beer Store, why not cancel other debilitating deals with foreigners?, Martin Regg Cohn writes.

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

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce expresses ‘strong concern’ over The Beer Store contract cancellation

“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.”

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