Where can you actually find $1 beer in Ontario?

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Andrea Horwath, the leader of Ontario's New Democratic Party, slammed Ford for keeping his promises regarding beer while turning his back on the 4,000 residents who were relying on the unconditional payments to buy healthier food, access childcare or go back to school.

The Ontario government is working to sell beer for one dollar in the store, The Beer Store by labor Day (September 3), as reported by the news source CTV News Toronto, who requested anonymity.

"Nobody is being forced to lower their prices and there will be no subsidies or tax handouts", he told reporters, including the CBC's Amara McLaughlin, at the Barley Days Brewery in Picton, Ontario, 200 kilometres east of Toronto. The reduction won't apply to draft beer, sources report, so a visit to the pub in a search for free lunch will still cost the same. Ford campaigned on the idea of lowering beer prices with the catchy slogan.

He also criticized the PC's decision not to reduce the amount of tax charged on each beer, saying that in order to have a beer in the LCBO that sells for $1, he would have to find a way to lower the cost of production per beer to about 13 cents, with the rest of the dollar taken up by taxes and retail markup. But other Ontario craft breweries have made it clear that they have no intention to take part in the program, with Great Lakes Brewery posting on Twitter that they "believe in our brands, take pride in our quality and firmly feel that are current prices are very fair", and Hometown Brew Co. stating that they value "quality & sustainability above all else". Ontario previously had buck-a-bottle beer but the previous Liberal government hiked the minimum price in 2008 citing social responsibility.

The conservatives campaigned that bringing back buck a beer would allow more competition in the beer market "without affecting the province's revenues" from beer and wine taxes - approximately $589 million in 2016-17 as stated in government documents.

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"When I ran my brewery we never made beer anywhere close to this cheap because of all the corners that need to be cut were unacceptable to us. I just don't think this is something our membership would ever entertain", Mr. Simmons said.

The move will have no effect on the province's almost $600-million in revenue from beer and alcohol taxes, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said.

"We are not reducing the tax level", says Vic Fedeli... which essentially says "we are encouraging breweries to eat the cost to participate in the "challenge". The premier is asking beer producers to lower their prices down to a dollar". "We're just trying to put money back in the consumer's pockets".

However, at least one brewery is willing to embrace buck-a-beer.

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