March 30, 2017
Queen’s Park – This afternoon in the Ontario legislature, Windsor - Tecumseh NDP MPP Percy Hatfield introduced a bill regarding the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre in Windsor.
As part of a coordinated campaign to convince the owners of the historic property to reconsider the decision to close the historic building to the public, Hatfield’s Private Member’s Bill would allow Canadian Club whisky to be sold from the centre. That was one of the reasons Mayor Drew Dilkens was given by the owners of the brand for their decision to close the building.
Ownership changes at Hiram Walker years ago saw the Canadian Club brand of whisky sold to another company. The distillery next door is owned by a corporation that bottles Canadian Club under contract. Currently, there is a technicality in the law that allows the manufacturer of alcohol to sell its own product on site, but not that of another brand bottled under a separate contract.
“This Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre is too important to our region’s history to be shuttered from the public” Hatfield says. “So I’ve been working with the Mayor’s office to do what I can to help in the community effort to change the decision to close it down.”