Ford Announces Buck-a-Beer Plan

07 August, 2018, 21:53 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Premier Doug Ford has said bringing back buck a beer would allow more competition in the beer market

A Toronto beer store is pictured on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government is lowering the price floor for beer and will be offering brewers incentives to reduce their prices in time for Labour Day weekend.

The opposition leader also questioned why Ford is cutting planned welfare rate hikes and the basic income pilot project and focusing on buck-a-beer.

"If beer goes up in consumption over what - 20 cents, 25 cents?"

Beer fans across Ontario can officially start counting down the days until the return of "Buck-a-Beer", the popular $1-per-beer price floor that delighted people across Ontario until it was cancelled when the previous government abruptly introduced new beer price regulations.

In 2008 the previous government chose to ban Buck-a-Beer by setting a higher minimum price and today the retail price floor sits at $1.25. The new price will not be indexed to inflation.

Brewers would not be required to charge less, but the source says the government hopes to get brewers on board with incentives for those who cut prices. Beers lowered to $1 could receive promotional and advertising support, short-term discounts and more prominent displays in the stores.

Buck-a-beer will still be subject to a 5-cent deposit and tax.

The move will have no effect on the province's $589-million in revenue from beer and alcohol taxes, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said.

Ben Johnson, who operates London-based beer review website Ben's Beer Blog, believes that only large multi-national companies will be able to sell cheap beer because of the volume they produce.

"Essentially, if anyone does it, I predict that dollar beer is going to taste like it's worth about a dollar", Johnson said.



Cleaning crews discover dead fetus in plane at LGA
A dead fetus has been discovered by cleaners on an airplane toilet. The fetus was believed to be five or six months along.

Gates testifies millions of dollars moved through shell companies, accounts in Cyprus
Laporta said she had grown to distrust the information Gates was providing her, though she didn't know about the embezzlement. Kilimnik is a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant who was indicted in June on charges stemming from the Mueller probe.

David Ornstein: Calum Chambers Set To Join Fulham On Loan
It's unclear why this unusual u-turn was made from the club considering the fact that many expected Chambers to become one of the starting centre-backs for Arsenal this season.

Cameron Norrie bows out at semi-final stage in Los Cabos
Fognini broke Del Potro twice in the opening set and twice in the second, while dropping his own serve just once throughout. Del Potro traded breaks with his third-seeded Bosnian opponent in the first two games of their Friday-night semi-final.

Frankfurt airport evacuated after unauthorised person gets in security
At least 29 flights out of about 1,500 daily departures were cancelled, according to airport operator Fraport AG. Police tweeted after about two hours that "the affected areas are open and operations are in progress again".

Bacteria May Have Developed Resistance to Alcohol
They found that samples collected after 2009 were on average more resistant to the alcohol compared with bacteria taken from before 2004.

USA sports mogul Kroenke makes offer to buy Arsenal
A declaration from Kroenke states: "We at KSE are moving forward with this offer leading to 100 per cent ownership of the club". If the buyout is completed, it would be the first time in Arsenal's history that the entire club is in the hands of one owner.

Selfie filters are driving new cosmetic surgery trends
Vashi said that the prevalence of social media is causing society to become "more and more preoccupied, obsessed with ... what we look like".

Moscow sent to Washington a secret letter with the proposals for Syria
However, this latest report shows that the channel might also be used to discuss matters that are not strictly military in nature, Reuters notes.

MoviePass has a new plan. Again
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe blamed the change on the small number of users who were taking advantage of the "unlimited" promise. For the last many weeks, MoviePass customers have been annoyed by the many changes to the service, to say the least.