Torontoist Pretend Interview with Greg Sorbara
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Torontoist Pretend Interview with Greg Sorbara

2005_01_11lcbo.gifAmid renewed concerns of the efficiency of the LCBO, the provincial government has appointed some sort of panel in attempts to modernize the liquor board. While Torontoist didn’t actually sit down with panel organizer Greg Sorbara, that didn’t stop us from conducting a hard-hitting interview with the Finance Minister. Here’s the exclusive:
Torontoist: Hi Greg!
Minister Sorbara: (no answer)
Torontoist: So what’s all this we hear about the LCBO?
Minister Sorbara: [The current system of liquor control is a] patchwork of policies and agreements dating back to the 1920s and the end of prohibition.
Torontoist: Yes, that’s hardly new information. We think everybody on earth must know that. Surely you can’t be considering selling the LCBO. Can you? What of the $1.04 billion that it makes for the province?
Minister Sorbara: [LCBO is responsible for] delivering maximum possible benefits [to Ontarians].
2005_01_11booze.bmpTorontoist: Are you drunk? Everyone knows that. Can you tell us if you are going to sell the LCBO or not?
Minister Sorbara: Our government made a commitment to undertake a thorough review of major assets. This is an opportunity for impartial experts to undertake a comprehensive review of the industry and recommend ways it can work better.
Torontoist: You have three seconds to tell us if the LCBO will be privatized or else we walk. One…two…two and a half…
Minister Sorbara: The LCBO is not for sale.
Torontoist: Great news! What do you say we go to the sampling station at the Yonge and Summerhill store and put back a few?
Minister Sorbara: (no answer)