Ontario directs LCBO to remove all Russian products from shelves

The Ontario government is instructing the LCBO to withdraw all products made in Russia. Richard Southern has the story, plus how gas prices will be impacted by the Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

By Michael Talbot and Richard Southern

Doug Ford’s government is directing the LCBO to remove all products produced in Russia from its shelves.

Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy, confirmed the move in a statement Friday.

“The people of Ontario will always stand against tyranny and oppression,” Bethlenfalvy said. “To that end, I am directing the LCBO to withdraw all products produced in Russia from store shelves.

“The people of Ontario will always stand against tyranny and oppression.”

The LCBO released a statement saying it supported the decision and would be removing the products “effective immediately.”

“Following government directive, effective immediately, all products produced in Russia will be removed from LCBO sales channels, including 679 LCBO stores across the province, lcbo.com and LCBO Convenience Outlets,” the LCBO said.

The LCBO says the products will be warehoused until further notice.

The LCBO added that while wholesale customers including grocery stores and licensees can “make their own decisions about the availability of Russian products” they will no longer be able to order the products until further notice.

“We will support our valued partners by accepting the return of any Russian-produced products.”

The LCBO said the following products will be no longer be available for sale at LCBO locations:

  • Russian Standard
  • Baltika
  • Legend Of Kremlin Premium Russian Vodka
  • Beluga Russian Luxury Vodka

Earlier Friday, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca called on the LCBO to pull all Russian vodka and alcohol products in a show of “solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

In a release Friday morning, Del Duca said he’s already written LCBO President and CEO, Dr. George Soleas, urging the move to “send a clear message to the Russian leader his aggression will not be tolerated.”

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a slew of sanctions against Russia, several hours after it began its unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

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