Lower taxes instead of business subsidies in Ontario? Let’s drink to that

This morning, the Ontario government announced a $4.9 million program to subsidize the growth of small cideries and distilleries in the province.Finance Minister Charles Sousa noted that the subsidies would support a thriving small industry, stating “Ontario cider and spirits is growing at an exciting pace” and that the program is therefore “good for business, good for customers and good for Ontario.”Now I’ve got nothing against cideries—indeed, I like their product as much as the next person. And it would be silly to think that such a small program is going to, by itself, make much of an impact on

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