February 25, 2021
The Ontario Federation of Labour urges the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to reject 7-Eleven’s proposal to allow customers to buy wine and beer for on-site consumption at 61 of its Ontario convenience stores – many of which are attached to gas stations.
“7-Eleven’s proposal could increase risky behaviours like drinking and driving and under-age drinking,” said Patty Coates, Ontario Federation of Labour President, “in addition to increasing alcohol risks, this multinational is trying to make an alcohol cash-grab that will rob Ontario of revenues used to fund public services.”
This application comes after Premier Ford secretly met with 7-Eleven executives in Texas prior to the pandemic last year. These shameless back room dealings prioritized corporate access to government, when the needs of workers and their families should be put first.
The OFL encourages anyone interested to submit public comments to the AGCO urging the rejection of this application. To submit feedback, visit the AGCO’s website and enter “Liquor” in the category field and “7-Eleven” in the applicant field.