Ontario VQA Wine a Welcome Addition to Downtown Farmer's Market
Of course, our local politics have clouded this excellent news. Local councillors are providing an extension of the recent advertisements informing Ontarians that more readily available alcohol is a negative influence for our younger generations and bad news for those who have alcohol consumption problems. We should not ignore that wine is a controlled substance, but we should also acknowledge that other Canadian provinces have moved forward with changes to the structure in the sale of beverage alcohol without chaos ensuing.
If the AGCO and provincial government have allowed the sale of Ontario VQA wines at Ontario Farmers' Markets, then this issue should stay out of municipal government. After all, these wines are rigorously monitored and approved by the LCBO and certified as quality Ontario artisanal products. A purchase of our homegrown wines puts 50% more back into our economy than an imported wine would. I am appalled that our community would consider turning away Ontario wineries from our Downtown Farmers' Market denying job creation and a boost to our provincial economy.
Come June 14th, I look forward to supporting our provincial community and our local community at our Downtown Market as I have every Saturday since returning here after graduation.