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Ontario Considers Privatization of LCBO

A very interesting development in Ontario … the cash-strapped Ontario provincial government has hired two banks to perform a broad review of Ontario crown corporations including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) with a view to selling some off in order to generate much needed revenue. A previous review done for the Ontario government recommended the sale of the retail arm of the LCBO, indicating that the government could maintain liquor tax revenue easily with a privatized system and had no real reason to be in the retail liquor business. If Ontario does privatize the LCBO, that would likely set off a wave of privatization across the country.

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