VICTORIA, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) applauds the BC government for announcing in today's
budget its intention to privatize liquor distribution and warehousing.
For years CRFA has been calling for changes to the current system,
which is inefficient and does not serve stakeholders, including
government, particularly well.
"We're very pleased that the BC government intends to privatize liquor
distribution and warehousing, as the Alberta government successfully
did a couple of decades ago. Privatizing the LDB will protect
government liquor revenues and will lead to increased efficiencies,
better product selection, and lower prices for both licensees and
consumers," said Mark von Schellwitz, CRFA's Vice President, Western
Canada. CRFA looks forward to receiving more information on privatizing
the Liquor Distribution Branch in the near future.
Numerous economic studies, including reports by the Montreal Economic
Institute and the Ontario Beverage Alcohol System Review Panel (Lacey
Report), strongly recommend that provincial governments should get out
of the distribution and retail of beverage alcohol business.
CRFA was also pleased to see a commitment to reduce liquor mark-ups to
compensate for a three per cent increase in liquor tax once the 10 per
cent PST is re-introduced on liquor sales.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. British Columbia's $10-billion
restaurant industry directly employs more than 173,000 people in
communities across the province.
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President, Western Canada, 604-685-9655 or cell 604-809-5719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.