Government Control and Dependency

Blog, Property Rights, Les Routledge

“Of course we are going to be frustrated. What other wine jurisdiction in the world has their whole market controlled by a government monopoly?”

The Globe and Mail reports on a proposed government program to subsidize wine makers in Ontario to help them compete more effectively with foreign producers.

Instead of spending scarce public funds to subsidize grape growers and wine producers, would it not make a lot more sense to allow them to integrate downstream into the wholesale and retail operations in the sector?

The government does not control food wholesale and retail operations and they should not control liquor and wine merchandising either.