August 13, 2014 5:39 pm

Wall says right mix of private, public liquor stores up to consultation

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says public feedback suggests that people support a plan not to build any more provincially owned liquor stores, but are cautious about what comes next.

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WASKESIU LAKE, Sask. – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says public feedback suggests that people support a plan not to build any more provincially owned liquor stores, but are cautious about what comes next.

Wall says that’s the message from Saskatchewan Party MLAs at the annual caucus meeting taking place at Waskesiu Lake, north of Prince Albert.

The premier mused in the spring about privatizing provincially owned liquor stores and asked politicians to talk to people about the idea this summer.

Wall says the consensus seems to be that people like that the province won’t build any more stores and any new stores will be private.

But the premier also says there’s a sense there needs to be more formal consultation before the province privatizes existing stores.

The discussion comes after the government announced last year that it was adding two private liquor stores in Regina and two in Saskatoon.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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