September 23, 2015 | Martin Macmahon | News 1130
‘“The government’s so-called liquor policy reforms have been troubled from the beginning,” says NDP liquor policy critic David Eby. “The happy hour reform that was supposed to lower prices at bars at certain times actually increased prices.”
“Just two grocery stores have booze available for sale here, despite the big fanfare and the news conferences that were thrown to celebrate the province’s liquor reform plan.
“Eby blames that on a lack of work ahead of those festivities.
‘“The province has really failed to adequately consult both industry and municipalities on this change, ” says Eby. “Right now they’re actively fighting municipalities across the province that are saying, ‘look, we already have enough liquor outlets, we don’t need wine in grocery stores as well.’ Clearly the conversations weren’t happening there.”