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Why are LCBO prices high?

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Prices for fine bottles are easily double what they are in the US - and the only way to get around this is to order from the US more often for those special expensive bottles (if you live close to the border). To find the reason why the LCBO needs to raise so much money through liquor sales, look no further than the list that the Ontario government is obligated to publish, listing those civil servants who earn more than $100,000 (Public sector salary disclosure). There are several over $200K, and the CEO makes in excess of $400K! copy this url:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/publications/salarydisclosure/2009/crown09.pdf
Scroll down to Liquor Control Board of Ontario and check out the job titles of some 175 LCBO employees in this salary bracket! This is where the excise tax on liquor goes in Ontario - and what do these people do? Do fine bottles of wine really need marketing? The stuff flies off the shelves no matter what. The Ontario wineries would love to see LCBO gone!
Post Reply By Derek in THUNDER BAY on 6/26/2009 4:50:00 PM

It costs the taxpayers of Ontario over 700 million dollars to run the LCBO. Imagine a flat tax on all sales with no expenses by the goverment to distribute and sell the stuff. A windfall each year, probable in excess of 2 billion dollars in revenue.
Post Reply By James in TONAWANDA on 6/26/2009 5:03:03 PM