VANCOUVER, July 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The BCGEU today released an Angus Reid
Public Opinion poll showing high levels of support for the expansion of
government operated liquor store services. Public support was strong
regardless of gender, age, income, education or geographic location of
The poll found:
74 per cent of British Columbians support Sunday openings of public
72 per cent of British Columbians support extending shopping hours at
public liquor stores;
64 per cent support opening new public liquor stores as a way to
generate more government revenue.
"Government stores offer lower prices, better selection, good customer
service, convenience and better wages in communities all across the
province. They are also a reliable source of government revenue for
public services," says Darryl Walker, BCGEU President. The 2012/13
provincial budget has $906 million in net revenue from the Liquor
The government operates 197 liquor stores around the province. Only 22
of them are open on Sundays. Opening the remaining stores on Sundays
would generate up to $100 million in new annual revenue. Each new store
could generate up to $5 million in new provincial revenue each year.
"Sunday openings make sense. There is simply no business case to justify
having 175 public liquor stores closed each and every Sunday," says
Walker. "We pay the lease, the hydro, all the overhead but keep the
stores closed on Sundays. It does not make sense."
Reviewing Ontario government operations, Don Drummond, former Chief
Economist with the TD Bank recommended opening new Liquor Control Board
of Ontario public stores and using the LCBO's purchasing power to
create new government revenue. The same approach should be taken in
Methodology: From July 10 to July 12, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an
online survey among 796 randomly selected British Columbia adults who
are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error—which measures
sampling variability—is +/- 3.5%. The results have been statistically
weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and
region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire
adult population of British Columbia.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Evan Stewart BCGEU Communications (604) 220-3095.