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Isn’t it time for Canada to privatize liquor distribution?

on 16/07/12 at 5:04 pm

Booze News

Outside of Alberta, Canada’s liquor distribution models are just plain wacky.

In most provinces, the government controls the distribution of alcohol through publicly owned warehouses and retail outlets. In British Columbia, for example, all retail liquor sales must be purchased through the government’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), which acts as the worldwide buyer and distributor for virtually all liquor sold.

The system, however,  is simply a remnant of an era past when governments believed it was their right and duty to encourage moderation in alcohol consumption.

But is this really necessary in 2012?