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An Ontario brewery launched a "Buck-a-Beer" brand Wednesday, but it's not what Ontario Premier Doug Ford had in mind.
Ontario's minimum price for beer was officially reduced this week from $1.25 to $1, fulfilling a Ford election promise to once again provide a "buck-a-beer."
Some Ontario brewers have signaled they will not lower prices and compromise on quality, despite such Conservative government incentives as promoting buck-a-beer labels in Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores.
A saucy Ottawa craft brewery, Dominion City Brewing Co., started canning and packaging "Buck-a-Beer Blonde Ale" Wednesday, but it costs $3.55. A dollar from each can sold will go to refugee support services.
"Our response was a little tongue-in-cheek maybe, but it felt like a very natural opportunity to open that conversation and also to nod in the direction of a cause we care about, and that's that cold beer and a warm welcome belong together, so this is our way of trying to do something positive," said Josh McJannett, co-founder of Dominion City Brewing Co.
Since coming to office in June, Ford's government has been criticized for its approach to asylum seekers and refugees in Ontario. After a July meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he explained Canada's international duties to the new premier, while the federal immigration minister accused the Ford government of fear-mongering on the refugee issue. Ontario has demanded the federal government provide millions of dollars more to help cover costs associated with asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Ontario.
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