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Alcohol is sold at Couche Tard convenience stores throughout Quebec, but not at its Mac’s chain in Ontario.
Alcohol is sold at Couche Tard convenience stores throughout Quebec, but not at its Mac’s chain in Ontario.
(GRAHAM HUGHES/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

SEAN SILCOFF

Beer: Not coming to an Ontario corner store near you

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Convenience store retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard has become a global giant, but there’s one domestic habit it can’t seem to quit: pushing Ontario to allow it to sell alcohol in its 547 stores there. The company has lobbied the government for years, to no avail, and its latest move is calculated to turn up the heat, but Ontario consumers shouldn’t get too hopeful for change; powerful vested interests point to a likely continuation of the status quo.