Article by Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas, Toronto Sun
Who’s afraid of cannabis competition? The premier and the profiteers.
There’s a funny thing about the people who push privatization. They love to talk about competition. But they don’t actually want to face it.
When it comes to the privatization of retail cannabis stores, it’s easy to see why. Facing real competition would mean facing off against the people who’ve made the LCBO such a huge success — a daunting task if ever there was one!
In the worlds of both retail and public services, the LCBO is a fierce competitor and an undeniable winner.
It pays its workers a decent wage, keeping poverty down and tax revenues up. It has won more than 200 awards for customer service, innovative retailing, and social responsibility. It has great stores, fantastic selection, and its average customer satisfaction rating is an incredible 8.1 out of 10.
And the icing on the cake is this: the LCBO belongs to us all. We own it! That means that a huge portion of the profits come back to us, helping us invest in our hospitals, our schools, and our highways. It helps keep our tax rates low and, forgive the pun, our spirits high.