Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

March 28, 2007 13:41 ET

OPSEU-Notice of News Conference: OPSEU to Release Study Showing LCBO Losing Millions Through Private Agency Stores

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2007) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will hold a news conference to release the results of an independent consultant's report showing the LCBO is losing millions of dollars annually by allowing private agency stores to sell alcohol in Ontario communities.

DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2007
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Media Studio, Main Legislative Building
Queen's Park, TORONTO

Agency stores are private businesses licensed by the LCBO to sell alcohol through grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations and other private businesses in small and mid-size communities. Between 2002 and 2005, the number of private agency stores in Ontario almost doubled, from 105 to 194. In May 2006, the McGuinty government announced plans to open another 20 agency stores.

The report, LCBO Agency Store Repatriation: A Financial Analysis, identifies 89 agency stores that could be profitably replaced by a real LCBO store, and projects the increase in provincial government revenue that would result.

OPSEU president Leah Casselman and business consultant Russ Christianson will speak at the news conference. Christianson is president of Rhythm Communications and author of the report.

OPSEU represents more than 6,000 unionized employees of the LCBO.

Contact Information

    David Cox
    1-800-268-7376 x 8314