A new push is on to allow booze to be sold in Ontario convenience stores.

A petition has been presented at Queen’s Park calling on the province to allow variety stores to sell beer and wine. Corner store owners say they do a better job than LCBO or Beer Stores at screening underage customers.

The petition reportedly has been signed by more than 112,500 people.  

Dave Bryan, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, tells 570′s Gary Doyle Show, the petition was launched in the small community of Vanessa, near Simcoe.  

He says convenience stores are not behind the petition, rather, it was started by ordinary consumers.

Bryan says convenience stores would be able to take age verification to a new level as they have when it comes to tobacco sales.

Joanne McMurchy, owner of a general store in the hamlet of Vanessa, Ontario near Simcoe, is the person behind the petition and she told 570′s Jeff Allan Show that she hears complaints from customers everyday about not being able to purchase alcohol in her store. She says people have to drive 30 minutes to buy alcohol.

You can check out the petition at freeourbeer.ca.