Premier Brad Wall said this week the government will explore whether or not new neighbourhood liquor stores should be privately owned.
The SGEU is quoting a study done in B.C. after some private liquor stores were allowed alongside publicly owned stores.
The study found that each additional private liquor store, per one thousand residents 15 years of age and older, increased local alcohol mortality by 27 and a half per cent in B.C. between 2003 and 2008.
The union says it is fair to conclude Saskatchewan can expect to see more deaths due to traffic accidents, alcohol poisoning, homicides and suicides.
The union also says private liquor stores are more likely to sell alcohol to minors than a publicly owned store.
Wall says additional stores are likely to be needed in larger cities because of population growth.
He questions whether taxpayer money should be spent on building liquor stores when investment is needed in health care, education and infrastructure.
He says existing provincially owned liquor stores would not be privatized.
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