The StarPhoenix

Two-thirds back liquor in grocery stores
The StarPhoenix

The Saskatchewan government will consider allowing liquor sales in outlets like grocery stores after its survey showed support for the idea.

The government’s online survey was completed by 6,604 people over three months; more than 65 per cent of respondents said they support expanding liquor sales to establishments like grocery stores, while 34 per cent said they oppose the idea. « That’s a possibility, » Don McMorris, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), told reporters earlier this month. « There were some people that were certainly in favour of that. »

McMorris said the Saskatchewan Party government intends to produce a policy based on the survey responses to become part of its platform for the 2016 provincial election.

Keri Scobie, communications manager for Sobeys West, said the supermarket chain would consider working with the government to expand sales to grocery stores if that’s what its customers in Saskatchewan want. « Obviously, there seems to be a public demand for it, » Scobie said.

56.7 per cent agree private liquor stores should have a greater role in the province. Five per cent somewhat agree, while 30.1 per cent disagree.

73.7 per cent rank « cost competitiveness » as important or very important when considering changes to the retail liquor landscape.

Au Québec, vous ne verrez JAMAIS des politiciens organiser une consultation sur internet pour savoir si les gens veulent la privatisation de la SAQ. Nos politicos auraient beaucoup trop peur de la réponse…