BC reaches wine purchase pact with two other provinces

WHITEHORSE – It’s going to be a little easier for wine drinkers in B.C., Ontario and Quebec to purchase product inter-provincially.

The three premiers have agreed to allow online wine purchases between the provinces.

The deal will allow consumers to buy wine through each province’s liquor monopoly using an internet portal.

Christy Clark says the premiers haven’t uncorked sales entirely but says they’re a little bit freer.

“This is good news for Canadians who love BC wine, for BC wineries and the 10,000 British Columbians whose jobs depend on a strong and growing wine industry,” said Clark in a news release. “It’s a good example of what Canada’s three largest provinces can achieve when we work together.”

Quebec’s Philippe Couillard says the deal may not seem like much but he promised more to come.

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Couillard says resolving all the issues around provincially run liquor agencies could take up to three years.

He says the current deal is a step forward for consumers and producers.

-With files from The Canadian Press-

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