Alright, maybe it doesn't have much to do with what happens in Canada but maybe it does?
Isn't the U.S. three tier system (producer, wholesaler/distributor, retailer) a lot like the Canadian system of producer and provincial liquor control board?
Except the Canadian version sees the provincial board scooping the lion's share of the cash because most of the time it acts as distributor and retailer.
Isn't it time something changed in our neck of the woods? Right now, wineries can sell directly to restaurants but the transaction has a real "big brother" smell about it with lots of paperwork and plenty of coin paid to the government for the privilege of selling your own product.
Shouldn't the government butt out? Without playing the social conscience card?
"We need the cash flow to fund social programs to respond to the damage caused
by alcohol in our society".
Does anybody really believe all the revenues (or even a sizable portion) collected in this scheme actually go to alleviating the ills of alcoholism? Worse yet, rumour has it the BC board is looking at ways of getting more of the cut from wine producers who now sell direct to restaurants and other licensees.
Whether it's the U.S. system or the Canadian system, ham-handed politics keeps the cash flow racing into the government trough.