Saskatchewan

Thousands of opinions on the future of booze buying in Sask.

Thousands of people have told the Saskatchewan government what they think about where liquor should be sold in the future. Those who still want to weigh in have until Jan. 30.

Deadline for submissions Jan. 30

The Saskatchewan government is accepting submissions on the future of liquor retailing until Jan. 30. (Neil Cochrane/CBC)

Thousands of people have told the Saskatchewan government what they think about where liquor should be sold in the future. Anyone else who wants to weigh in has until Jan. 30.

The government says so far more than 5,500 people have visited the website it launched in November to gather public input.

The provincial government has said it will consider a range of options for the way liquor is sold, from maintaining the current system to an "Alberta-style" private system.

However, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming authority, Don McMorris, is less open to changing the way liquor is taxed.

In Alberta, alcohol is marked up at a flat rate regardless of price, whereas Saskatchewan and most other provinces use a percentage-based mark-up.

The provincial government says once it has received all of the submissions, it will release a summary of the findings publicly.

It says it will make a decision on which option to proceed with before the next provincial election, so voters have time to consider it.

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