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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne listens to remarks from Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (not shown) at the opening of the Building Canada Up Summit in Toronto on Wednesday August 6, 2014.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne listens to remarks from Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (not shown) at the opening of the Building Canada Up Summit in Toronto on Wednesday August 6, 2014.
(Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

How Ontario premier rejected union leader’s offer to buy LCBO

The leader of one of Ontario’s largest public sector unions has been quietly pressing the government to turn over ownership of its liquor monopoly to his members’ pension plan – an idea that earned him a smack-down from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office during June’s provincial election.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, is one of the Liberal administration’s most vocal critics on the left, frequently accusing the government of having a secret plan to privatize public services. But Mr. Thomas, apparently, had also been seeking to have the highly lucrative LCBO sold to the OPSEU pension plan.