Canadians might be apathetic, but as I've said before, they love their booze.
We don't vote and are generally lazy bastards, but don't take away our booze!
But in all seriousness, I think this doesn't just have to do with booze; I think it's generational, too. Pensioners, especially ex-union members, are tough as nails and don't get pushed around easily. They fight for their rights. Which is commendable these days, even if it's regarding beer.