Premier Wynne spills little in Reddit Q&A
Premier Kathleen Wynne answers questions during her Reddit AMA Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (Antonella Artuso/Toronto Sun)
Premier Kathleen Wynne has offered to keep answering Reddit questions all week after she responded to only 10 queries during a one-hour session Tuesday.
Those she did answer included questions about her favourite book and how far she likes to jog.
“I was trying to get to all of them but it was not to be! Next time I’ll be able to work faster, now that I know how it works,” Wynne posted. “I wish I could have answered more. How’s this: I’ll answer one of the questions I missed every day for the next week.”
The premier took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session online to celebrate her first year in office Tuesday.
Her presence drew hundreds of questions on topics ranging from beer sales to electricity prices.
Numerous people asked about whether beer sales should be expanded to corner stores.
“Why is it fair to allow The Beer Store/The Brewers Retail to sell alcoholic beverages, but prevent local businesses from doing the same?” one person asked.
Wynne has already ruled out allowing the sale of alcohol at convenience stores but opened up the possibility of expanded craft beer sales by saying she wants local breweries to thrive.
“We need to make sure we make socially responsible decisions about the distribution of alcohol. We have a controlled distribution system in place in Ontario and it’s worked well,” Wynne said. “I understand that people want this to be more convenient, but my job is to weigh that against social issues like public health and the safety of minors.
“But we are in conversation with the Ontario Craft Brewers Association and we’re looking at ways to modernize beer distribution.”
Ontario is opening LCBO express stores, on a pilot basis, in some grocery stores.
PC Leader Tim Hudak has said he would like to see more private alcohol retailers and would consider permitting the sale of beer, wine and spirits in corner stores.
Meanwhile, Wynne said she likes to go on 8-km runs on weekends and is hoping to do more marathons.
Her favourite books are Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, Steve Paikin’s biography of John Robarts and Linwood Barclay’s Never Look Away.