December 6, 2017 QUEEN’S PARK – In the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield challenged the government to produce the exact language or clause that is holding up the Private Member’s Bill he introduced to help save the second largest tourist attraction in Windsor.
The Bill would allow the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre in Windsor to sell their product at the end of a public tour within the historical operation.
“Seven months ago I had a PMB pass second reading. It called for a change in the law to allow Canadian Club whisky to be sold where it’s been made in Windsor for the past 130 years. The owners of Hiram Walker sold the Canadian Club brand – but it’s still made ‘under contract’ by the same people in the same place”, said Hatfield.
“I’ve been told senior policy advisers claim changing the law might impact international trade policies. Speaker – could someone over there point me to the exact language or clause in some agreement that states this simple change is too much work for the Liberals to undertake?”
The Canadian Club Brand Heritage Brand Centre is a palatial building and landmark on the Windsor side of the Detroit River dating back to 1894. As Windsor’s second most popular tourist attraction, 15,000 people toured the building every year until this issue erupted in March 2017.
“Why won’t the Liberals pull out all the stops, put on their thinking caps, and find a solution so the whisky can be sold after a tour and the doors to the brand centre can re-open to the public?” asked Hatfield.