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Liberals don't want beer, wine sold at convenience stores

10/29/2013 12:16 EDT | Updated 12/29/2013 05:12 EST
The Ontario government won’t be allowing convenience stores to sell beer and wine, despite a renewed push from industry to open up liquor sales in the province.

Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters Tuesday that her government will not be allowing convenience stores to sell beer and wine, though the Liberals will be expanding the availability of Ontario-made vintages and brews in specialty stores.

The premier’s remarks came just a few hours before a group of retailers were due to make "a major announcement" on Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to be a pitch to sell Ontario-made beers and wines.

At Queen’s Park, the Progressive Conservatives have released a white paper calling for the province to allow the sale of beer and wine in private retail outlets.

But the New Democrats say they support the government’s position that the current system works well, particularly when it comes to restricting minors’ access to alcohol.

"You look at LCBO stores you have great choice of products, you've got affordability and it's really a service that's responsible in regards to how you sell alcohol," NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson said.

"We have to take our responsibility when it comes to alcohol to make sure that only those people of age are able to buy it."

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