According to the Toronto Star, "the LCBO also allows deep discounts on sacramental wine purchased by bona fide religious groups". The charitable tax category "advancement of religion" effectively discriminates against groups which either don't apply to qualify under this category or are deemed not to be a religion.
Government should be content to collect the legislated sales and excise taxes on beer, wine, and spirits. But setting minimum prices for products is not something that Government should engage in. As long as alcohol sales are restricted as present (LCBO, The Beer Store, & some Boutique Shops), suppliers of product should be able to determine their desired individual selling prices. This should give us "Buck a Beer" ...more »
LCBO is the 3rd largest buyer of alcohol in the world. It should be able to negotiate some of the cheapest prices for alcohol products anywhere in the world - but it doesn't. Retail prices for consumers should remain the same and the increased spread should be paid to the Government.
Excise taxes are typically based on the volume or quantity of the product rather than the value, resulting in an effective decrease in tax revenue if held constant over time.
If the purpose of having the sales of alcohol heavily taxed and restricted to reduce consumption, it would seem to be inappropriate for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to spend any money on advertising. I believe LCBO spends over $100 million/year on advertising (compared to $1.6 billion/year in "profit).