John Tory on beer and wine in corner stores, in his own words

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - What does John Tory really believe about beer
and wine in corner stores?

    In his own words:

    "...what is best in terms of making sure we don't get carried away with
    having alcohol too available in too many places, because there are
    aspects of that that I think a lot of parents and others are concerned

    - John Tory, Scrum, April 2, 2007

    "I'm not a big person that really feels we have to extensively increase
    the amount of alcohol being made available to people, just like gambling.

    I think we have lots of gambling in Ontario, it doesn't have to be within
    walking distance of every citizen, I think we have lots of alcohol
    available, it doesn't have to be in walking distance of every citizen. So
    I wouldn't be rushing as a top priority to do either of those things,
    expanding gambling or expanding access to alcohol..."

    - John Tory, Scrum, April 3, 2007

    "Well I mean I think we've been actually cracking down on the sale of
    cigarettes quite extensively and saying that we're worried about the
    access that young people have to that and so I think that maybe what a
    lot of people would say is that if we're going back and making cigarettes
    less accessible, why would we at the same time if we view alcohol as a
    potential problem for young people, be making it more accessible..."

    "I said yesterday, Mr. Hudak has had in place for some time a bill that
    would put VQA stores in place, which would not, you know, create the same
    issue with people wandering in to get a chocolate bar and being exposed
    to alcohol, they would be stores just about wine and they could have all
    the rules about identity and so forth..."

    - John Tory, April 3, 2007

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