On January 22nd, AIMS Operations Manager Alex Whalen joined Peter Armstrong on CBC's "On The Money" program. They discussed interprovincial trade, liquor monopolies, and the extent of government participation in the economy. Watch here: Pot company getting into liquor store businessA major Canadian marijuana company, Aurora Cannabis, is buying a stake in an Alberta liquor [...]
By Alex Whalen (AIMS Operations Manager) and Ian Madsen (AIMS Author) The Telegram, 30 January 2018 Troy Media, 25 January 2018 In October 2012, Gerard Comeau left his home in Tracadie, New Brunswick, and drove to Quebec to buy alcohol. Comeau, a retired power lineman, knew that he would be able to [...]
On January 18th, 2018 at 1:00 PM Operations Manager Alex Whalen was featured on News 95.7 discussing liquor monopolies in Atlantic Canada and the latest study from AIMS.
Alberta turned its liquor stores over to private retailers 25 years ago Today, there are more workers in more stores selling more products to Albertans at prices that are generally lower than they are in other parts of Canada. The local brewing and distilling industry is larger as well, selling its craft beers, [...]
December 8th, 2017: AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses his reaction to the government's plan for the sale of recreational cannabis and why private sector sales would be more beneficial to the province.
By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Shopping at the LCBO, Ontario’s government-owned alcohol-retailing monopoly, is like buying liquor from a bank. The only difference is that bank tellers are nicer. It's never fun buying wine and beer from bureaucrats. It’s better than it was in the ’70s, but lousy just the same. Ontario's wine producers [...]
In October 2012, a New Brunswick man was arrested for returning from Quebec with cheaper beer. Why? Because monopolies such as the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation are protected by outdated laws that restrict importing alcohol from other provinces. Other liquor corporations in Canada do the same. Their control over distribution and sale of [...]