TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, is calling on the LCBO to pull all Russian alcohol from its shelves in response to Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Del Duca wrote to LCBO President and CEO Dr. George Soleas requesting swift action to ensure the province is doing everything it can to send a clear message to the Russian leader his aggression will not be tolerated.
“Our allies in Ukraine are under attack by Russia and need our help,” stated Del Duca. “Pulling Russian vodka from the shelves of the LCBO is an immediate action Ontario can take to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
The LCBO is among the largest alcohol purchasers in the world and their shelves hold a number of popular Russian beverages and spirits. Banning the sale of these products will prevent any further money from going to Russia during their illegal invasion.
“I appreciate the financial support Ontario has already offered to Ukraine in their fight against Russia, and I hope the LCBO will consider this measure as another way to restrict Russia’s trade,” added Del Duca. “We need to do everything we can to support our allies against the murderous dictator that has invaded Ukraine.”
“I support the Federal Government’s mission against Putin’s Russia and thank Prime Minister Trudeau, and Ministers Freeland and Joly for the strong support they’ve shown for Ukraine. Any and all means of cutting off Russia’s economy should be considered. Both provincially and federally.”