In Ontario, Canada, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy directed the provincial Liquor Control Board to have stores remove Russian vodka and other alcoholic products, according to the Canadian Press.
“Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and we strongly support the federal government’s efforts to sanction the Russian government,” Bethlenfalvy said.
“We will continue to be there for the Ukrainian people during this extremely difficult time.”
Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people, and will direct the LCBO to withdraw all products produced in Russia from store shelves.
— Peter Bethlenfalvy (@PBethlenfalvy) February 25, 2022
Products will be removed from nearly 700 stores across the province. Elsewhere in Canada, stores in Manitoba, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Newfoundland were also taking similar action.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation removed Russian products from its shelves and website because of the “terrible events taking place.”
British Columbia ceasing imports of Russian vodka
British Columbia was ceasing imports on Russian alcohol, Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth said. “Our province stands with those who understand Europe’s peace following two world wars depends on respecting international law,” he told the Canadian Press.
However, some people question LCBO’s move because “the inventory is already paid for. The LCBO is the only one who suffers while they store this paid inventory. The easiest answer is to stop any future purchases.”
I don’t get this move. This inventory is already paid for. The @LCBO is the only one who suffers while they store this paid inventory. The easiest answer is to stop any future purchases.
That’s where the pain is felt. Not taking paid product off the shelf and hiding it.
— Dididothisright? (@MiMTkeMtucker) February 25, 2022
Just south, in the US, some bars and liquor stores reportedly poured out Russian vodka onto the streets and or removed the products from store shelves.
Fox News called it a “vodka rebellion.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 26, 2022