Owners of bars in anger deplore to have been left out of the economic recovery plan in Quebec.
“I swear to you that we will not stand idly by to watch the blaze. A bar on five will probably shut down, ” says Pierre Thibault, president and founder of the association of the bar of Quebec (NABQ) and co-owner of the Taverne Saint-Sacrement on the avenue du Mont-Royal.
At the end of the day, Thursday, the government Legault unveiled the amendments to the bill 61 to boost the economy post-pandemic.
The NABQ asked among other things to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) to be able to temporarily sell alcohol with take-away meals.
Unlike the restaurants, the bars are not allowed to do this, and this, even if they hold a licence of the restaurant of the MAPAQ.
“But no, says Mr. Thibault. Because of a damn piece of paper, we do not have the right to be part of the restart of the economy. “
Questioned about this, the spokesperson of the RACJ, to Me, Joyce Tremblay, judge that the sale of alcohol to take away is not essential.
“My spouse is the owner of restaurants and he has not sold a single bottle of wine to take away in three months “, shows-t-it.
However, the restaurant Pastaga “the sale of wine has been life-saving,” explained Kevin Fromentin, director and partner of the establishment.
A week of the end of the work of the parliament at the national Assembly, “there is nothing planned for the bars in the bill,” adds mr. Tremblay.
A case of force majeure ?
Mr. Thibault and his partners are indebted to $ 75,000 in three months of closure.
“For most institutions, the sale of alcohol would have really changed the game,” says Éric Lefrançois, vice-president of the NABQ.
To survive, the 250 members of the NABQ could invoke block ‘the case of force majeure” in order to avoid payment of their fixed costs.
The concept of force majeure is unique to the civil Code of Québec. It allows you to release the applicant of certain contractual obligations, such as payment of a lease.
The ice storm in 1998 or the virus H1NI in 2009 have been recognized as “force majeure” by the quebec courts in certain disputes.