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Expanding booze sales would increase provincial profits: study

Provinces with more competition for liquor sales generate more per capita revenue for the government

A detailed study of expanding alcohol sales in Ontario found that the province would actually benefit from increased competition.

The study for the Ontario Convenience Store Association found that competition would actually hike booze sales by as much as 9% and drive down prices.

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By blending the LCBO with private sales, like the system in B.C., economist and report author Anindya Sen said that the province of Ontario would get more money from alcohol sales.

Sen in his report, Sen suggested that the LCBO remain a wholesaler, while convenience stores, supermarkets would be allowed to sell beer, wine, and liquor, along with specialty stores.

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