Re: Are we mature enough for corner store booze, Sept. 26 The News.
Having booze available in corner stores is not about maturity, it’s about freedom.
So Ontarians shouldn’t have the same freedoms when it comes to purchasing alcohol as much of the western world, because the Hamilton Community News thinks this would compromise our protection of the most vulnerable in society?
On the contrary, the fact that we are still asking this question in 2013 speaks volumes about the socially puritanical nature of Ontario law with regard to alcohol. It’s beyond belief that we live in a province where the government holds a monopoly on the distribution and sale of a legal product that’s readily available and sold predominantly in a multitude of private locations all over the world.
There is no logical reason why I shouldn’t be able to go to the supermarket and buy my groceries, buy a case of beer and then a few bottles of wine. At the moment I don’t have the freedom, due to laws created in 1927 in the immediate post-prohibition era. In a modern western democracy, this isn’t good enough, and it defies belief that some educated people can still actually argue for it.
One day we will come out of the dark ages.
Good for Tim Hudak. It’s ironic that it may be a Conservative who turns out to be more liberal than the Liberals.