Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Rural Hoteliers Ask Province to Reduce Take on Beer, VLT Revenue

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Rural Hoteliers Ask Province to Reduce Take on Beer, VLT Revenue

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Manitoba hoteliers pop top on revenue rage

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WINNIPEG - Rural hotel owners used empty beer cases to erect a giant beer-can throne at the Manitoba legislature as part of a bubbling protest over the amount of money they must turn over to the government from alcohol and VLT sales.

The hoteliers laid out a path of cut-out tombstones to the throne during Monday's rally with the word "Hotel" written on them to mark the closure of several rural outlets in the past year.

All hotel vendors in Manitoba can keep 17 per cent from beer revenue alone.

But the Manitoba Rural Hotel Association says owners are left with little money to reinvest in their businesses after paying the government, and they want the province to rethink its take.

Association president Angelo Mondragon says sales at rural outlets are fine, however the government is taking too much. …

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