Unfortunately willmax, its all the nice taxes that drive are alcohol prices to hell. I'm an old Molson Export fan myself. If I'm at a bar or restaurant where many don't carry Ex I like Keiths also.
It took me a long time and connections to get this neon sign for my pool table room in my basement.
The provincial goverments of the Maritime regions of Canada in particular have killed to the golden goose - the sale and distribution of all alcholic beverages i.e. beer wine and spirits is controlled by these goverments - it is a throwback from the colonial days when these places were mainly inhabited by baptists or presbeteryians and the demon drink had to hidden otherwise we would rot in hell - anyway I digress - these goverments have used the sale of booze as a cash cow - raising prices indiscriminately and then they wonder why consumption ( less money for them ) falls and tourists stop buying - so to cover the short fall they raise prices - all of the top jobs and they pay plenty $150,000/year are awarded to the political party of the day - I myself have stopped buying the local plonk - not because I don't enjoy a drink but because there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough - When ever I want to have a few drinks I go across the border into Maine where the choices are so much better and the prices so much cheaper - My favourite US beer is Sam Adams - in my local beer in Canada the price is around $15 for a 6 pack - across the border the same stuff is about $6 - $10 depending on where you buy it - Keiths is a wonderful brew BUT I refuse to pay $40 for a case
I can't say I blame you. I am not close enough to take advantage of crossing the border because of where I live. I will take advantage every time I'm in the states, or international to buy at the duty free. When we were riding in the Ottawa Valley last year we would hit Quebec (a very short distance) to pick up some beer at the local convenience store for the night. Much better prices.
That is why I love Quebec and its people - The mantra down there is live and let live (apart from its language laws ) with as little political interference as possible - you can even buy beer and wine in grocery stores and corner shops - the province is still alive - Montreal in particular and has not sunk into the depths of depravity that other provincial politicians would have you believe if they opened up the sale and distribution of alcholic beverages to free enterprise
As far as I know (the Ontario members can correct me if I'm wrong) the OLCB is still in control of the sale of spirits in Ontario. Out here the liquor outlets went private a few years ago but they are still regulated to separate stores. And yes the price of your favorite grog went up too.
Ideals may be liberal in Canada, but the taxes are very socialistic. Quebec is a very wonderful part of our country and the people are terrific. The political climate is still somewhat frightening (although somewhat less now with the demise of the Bloc in the recent election) with the separatist movement still trying to divide us and create disharmony. But that is some activists stirring things, not the general populace speaking. Teh vast majority just want to get along.
As to the language thing, there are some stubborn folk on both fronts, but I can guarantee that most Francophone's English is alot better than most Anglophone's French will ever be. Although far from fluent, I speak some French and read and understand it quite well. I spoke French with my Grandmother as a child and I'm sorry I haven't kept it up as well as I should have (c'est domage) and am working to better myself at it.