Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The L.C.B.O. Must Go

It's time Canadians stood up and said, "Enough of this crap we are forced to put up with from the L.C.B.O." As adults, we shouldn't have to be dictated to by some of their inane standards. In other provinces, it is legal to buy beer from corner and grocery stores. You can't do it in Ontario though. The big kicker came in 2 stories that made the press concerning Canadian entertainer Dan Akroyd.

Last week, actor  Dan Akroyd announced he was donating wine to the troops in Afganistan. The troops were allowed free beer but had to pay for any wine at a cost of $9.00 for half a bottle and that didn't sit well with Lt.-Col. Doug Johnson. So he looked around and finally made a deal with Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., the winery which produces Dan Akroyds wines, and they agreed to supply hundreds of bottles of 2007 Pinot Noir and Riesling to the base.

In the second story,  Dan Akroyd's Crystal Skull Vodka was pulled from shelves by the L.C.B.O..  The reason? The shape of the bottle. A crystal skull. Give me a break.

On one hand we have Akroyd donating wine to the troops and in the same instance, the L.C.B.O. turns around and bans one of his products because they don't like the container the vodka comes in.

I turned the legal age to drink many years ago and in my opinion, that makes me old enough to decide what I want to drink. Beer, wine, whiskey or whatever. If I decide I would like to buy a bottle of vodka in a bottle that is shaped like a skull, that should be my right. It shoud not be mandated by some pompous bureaucratic clown sitting in a stuffy office somewhere.

It is my strong belief that the board that makes up the L.C.B.O. should publicly apologize to Mr. Akroyd for this faux pas, allow his vodka to be sold in Ontario and to thank him for his donation of wine to the troops.

Maybe a large boycot of L.C.B.O. outlets is in order.


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