That is interesting information about Alta and BC. With regards to Ontario and its' unique benefits - I agree completely with your comments, especially the insightful one about Toronto being the centre of the universe!
Generally speaking, I think Summerhill LCBO does have the greatest selection of whisky than other LCBO's that I have been to in the city (downtown/east end locations). But, I must admit on my last trip to the Tasting Tower last Thursday, their was less stock on the Summerhill shelves...I am now wondering if you have been shopping lately in T.O.? Next time don't clean us out...or at least invite me along.
Until Lawrence mentioned it, I didn't know that the LCBO was the largest single buyer of alcohol in the world. That is rather impressive and quite the reputation to uphold, eh!
Take care and have a great holiday.