Liquor stores, bars, and restaurants across North America dumped Russian-made vodka this weekend to show solidarity with Ukrainian freedom fighters repelling Vladimir Putin’s troops from Kyiv.
“Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and we strongly support the federal government’s efforts to sanction the Russian government,” said Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy. “We will continue to be there for the Ukrainian people during this extremely difficult time.”
From Fox News:
Elsewhere in Canada, stores in Manitoba, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Newfoundland were also taking similar action.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation removed Russian products from its shelves and website because of the “terrible events taking place.”
British Columbia was ceasing imports on Russian alcohol, Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth said.
“Our province stands with those who understand Europe’s peace following two world wars depends on respecting international law,” he told the Canadian Press.
“I think the whole world knows by now that Russia’s at war with Ukraine for no apparent reason,” Jamie Stratton, wine director and partner of the store, told KSNW-TV in Wichita. “I guess this is our sanction … and this may be small, but every small thing makes a difference.”
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