Wall takes NDP to task over private liquor stores

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall fires back at NDP over private liquor stores in the province. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was in Saskatoon on Monday for the official grand opening of the Co-op Liquor Store and had some words about a NDP resolution passed on the weekend.

Co-op was one of three private retailers selected last year to open new liquor stores through an open request for proposals.

The decision has been criticized by the opposition NDP and on the weekend, they passed a resolution at its convention against privatization.

Wall fired back at the NDP on Monday.

“We’ve had private liquor retailing in sales in this province for a very, very long time,” said Wall.

“It’s an insult for those who work in off-sale, it’s an insult to our special vendors.”

Wall said he has asked his MLAs to talk to people over the summer to see how they would like liquor sales handled in the province.

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He also said the government will continue to be the sole wholesalers of liquor in the province.

With files from the Canadian Press

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