Ontario Looking At Alcohol Reform

Thursday March 21st, 2019

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The Government of Ontario has appointed Ken Hughes to the newly created role of Special Advisor for the Beverage Alcohol Review. Hughes will be looking at how the government can modernize Ontario’s beverage alcohol system.

Hughes will lead ongoing discussions with key stakeholders, including beverage alcohol producers, public health and safety organizations, municipalities, consumer groups, retailers, and restaurants and bars.

“Alcohol reform is something long-desired by the people of Ontario. Today, we’re moving another step forward on our promise to improve customer choice and convenience and enable more opportunities for businesses in the beverage alcohol sector,” Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli. “Ken brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as Special Advisor for the Beverage Alcohol Review. We look forward to working with him on designing our plan to expand the sale of alcohol into corner, grocery and big box stores.”

Hughes is an entrepreneur and a seasoned public sector transition leader. He has served in many challenging public sector leadership roles and is a co-founding principal shareholder and Chair of the Board of Alpine Insurance & Financial Inc.

He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Energy with the Government of Alberta between 2012 and 2014, and as an MP in the House of Commons prior to that. Hughes was also the first Chair of the Board of the Alberta Health Services.

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