Brad Wall open to private liquor outlets, if voters insist
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he will consider a move to non-government owned liquor stores, but only if voters insist on such a change.
"If we get a sense that that is what people want we may, possibly, campaign that in the next election," Wall told reporters in Regina Wednesday. "But we would never change that without a mandate to do so."
He noted that, for now, the province will not open any additional Crown-owned stores nor sell any.
"The policy of the government is that while we're not selling existing stores today, any new stores will be ... private stores," Wall said.
He added he wants Saskatchewan Party MLAs to consult their constituents on the question.
"I'm simply saying to our MLAs, find out if people are interested in more of that, would they like to see more private stores," Wall said.
The next provincial election is expected to take place in April 2016.
Wall said the discussion is not about privatizing Crown corporations, which are protected under legislation.
"That's not at all what we're talking about here. We're talking about checking with Saskatchewan people about what they see for the future of liquor sales in the province," he said.
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With files from The Canadian Press