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This paper discusses the sale of liquor in Canada where in some states liquor sales have been privatized and in others sales are Government controlled. The paper compares sales in Ontario and Quebec, Government regulated, and Alberta, privatized, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both. The paper concludes by discussing the privatizing of liquor sales and the advantages the consumer and Government could enjoy.
From the Paper:"Government regulation helps keep prices higher, but many people feel that it helps keep alcohol consumption under control, as well, which keeps alcohol addiction down in provinces with strict regulations. The LCBO contributes to alcohol awareness by offering social responsibility courses in schools and businesses, and by collecting money to support organizations such as MADD and other alcohol-related causes and events. They also run a recycling program and support local charities and organizations. In addition, they contribute billions of dollars to the economy of Ontario, as well. They run an aggressive advertising campaign, and some people believe that helps contribute to alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and that in effect the province, by regulating alcohol sales, is helping promote alcohol addiction and abuse in the communities.
By contrast, most everyone is well aware that in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, marijuana is legal in cafes called coffee shops, and because it is less regulated, they have far fewer problems with addiction and abuse in Amsterdam. They do have problems with organized crime, and announced in late 2008 that they would close some coffee shops and other shops due to criminality, but not due to health related or addiction concerns (Sterling).
In a survey conducted by a marketing group, most Quebec residents approve of the monopoly on liquor sales, essentially because of the revenue it brings the province, and they do not want that to change, they want the province to continue to manage liquor sales. A percentage believe that liquor prices would go down in the wake of privatization, but they also believe that the number of liquor stores would increase, and they would not approve of that (Author not Available 6). Thus, it seems that most residents are satisfied with the liquor laws the way they are, and do not see a need for change, and they would not approve of more liquor stores in the area."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Author not Available. 2005. Quebeckers and privatizing the retail trade of alcohol. Montreal Economic Institute. http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/sondage0905_en.pdf (accessed February 18, 2009).
- Editors. 2009. Alberta liquor privatization. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. http://aglc.ca/liquor/albertaliquorprivatization.asp (accessed February 18, 2009).
- Editors. 2009. Today's LCBO. Liquor Control Board of Ontario. http://www.lcbo.com/aboutlcbo/todayslcbo.shtml (accessed February 18, 2009).
- Editors. 2005. Privatization of alcohol trade in Ontario and Quebec. Montreal Economic Institute. http://www.iedm.org/main/show_mediareleases_en.php?mediareleases_id=88 (accessed February 18, 2009).
- Sterling, Toby. 2008. Amsterdam to close many of its brothels, marijuana cafes, sex shops. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/06/amsterdam-to-close-many-o_n_148933.html (accessed February 18, 2009).
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Privatizing the Sale of Alcohol in Canada (2010, December 26) Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/privatizing-the-sale-of-alcohol-in-canada-146397/
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