Excerpt from the Official Report of


March 13, 2014

Wholesale pricing in liquor distribution

S. Simpson: Well, since the minister's not prepared to answer the question about why she broke the rules around the procurement policy, we'll try something different.

Last summer in estimates I asked the minister if her predecessor's argument for a one-wholesale-price system for liquor distribution in B.C. was something that the minister was still considering. The minister responded in estimates last year, saying: "The question of one wholesale price did get assessed at the time, and the assessment concluded that there would be significant impacts. There would be winners and losers. It would have been extremely disruptive to the industry and very complicated, so the decision was made not to go there."

To the minister: does she still support her statement from July?


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