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Doug Ford’s government has bet on booze. Is it paying off?

Last Updated Jun 12, 2019 at 6:42 am EDT

Doug Ford shacks some buck a beer beer. Premier Doug Ford, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance of Ontario, Christine Hogarth MPP Etobicke Lakeshore and Kevin Meens of Cool Beer Brewing Company tour the brewery and meet the media to celebrate the kick-off of Buck-a-Beer, Aug. 27, 2018. GETTY IMAGES/The Toronto Star/Rene Johnston

In today’s Big Story podcast, Ontario’s laws governing the sale of alcohol are some of Canada’s strictest, and Doug Ford’s campaign was filled with promises to loosen them. Some of them have been delivered. Others have not. And one that’s just a final proclamation from becoming law could start a trade war that could cost all Canadians taxpayer money.

How far will Ford go to deliver beer to corner stores? How is the plan working with voters? As the Conservatives head off for five months away from Queen’s Park, are they doing so to reset their focus, or because they’re hurting their federal cousins’ chances in the critical 905 region?

GUEST: Cynthia Mulligan, CityNews

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