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Tempers flare over fruit wine


May 13, 2009
By The Canadian Press

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Tempers flare over fruit wine
Tempers are flaring in the legislature
over a Progressive Conservative proposal to allow Ontario fruit wines
to be sold at farmers’ markets.

May 13, 2009, Toronto, Ont. – Tempers are flaring in the legislature over a Progressive Conservative proposal to allow Ontario fruit wines to be sold at farmers’ markets.

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Tory leadership candidate Randy Hillier says one prominent Liberal promised swift passage of the private member’s bill, while another is insisting that it won’t allow the wine sales.

Hillier accuses the Liberals of lying – a big no-no in the legislature – and was kicked out of the chamber yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky says she’s willing to try out the wine sales as a pilot project.

But she refuses to comment on whether the Liberals made any promises to support the bill.

Hillier says it’s clear the government would rather let struggling Ontario wineries go bankrupt than help them expand the markets where their products can be sold.


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