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Consultation phase over for B.C. liquor policy review

The report on the B.C. liquor policy review is due today to the attorney general office.

The review that was spearheaded by parliamentary secretary John Yapp launched in September to evaluate the relevance of B.C.’s current liquor laws.

The site received thousands o f comments and suggestions, and will stay live for British Columbians to revisit.

“Speaking and engaging with you during this phase has truly been enlightening,” wrote Yapp in his last blog post on the site. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount about the concerns of a hugely diverse group of stakeholders throughout the province. And of course I’ve heard directly from you via thousands of blog comments and emails. I’ve also had some really creative ideas submitted to me – from allowing kids to attend legions with their families to selling beer and wine at farmer’s markets – and all of these will be considered as I work towards making recommendations.”

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The final report will now be reviewed by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton, who will bring forward proposed reforms to cabinet.

The last major review of B.C.’s liquor laws was completed in 1999, but did not include a public consultation component.

With files from Amy Judd

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