Ontario government celebrates lotteries and booze while applying ‘sin taxes’

Ontario’s dispute with Liquor Control Board (LCBO) employees, which led to a tentative agreement earlier this week, highlights the continuing importance of “sin taxes” as a source of Ontario government revenue.Moreover, Ontario’s reliance on its government liquor store revenues, casino and gambling revenues, and tobacco and alcohol taxes illustrates the often contradictory nature of government policy and activity.  Indeed, provincial and federal governments in Canada derive a substantial sum of revenue from excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco as well as lotteries and casinos while at the same time actively seeking to discourage those activities. While one might argue higher

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