05/23/2013 08:13 EDT | Updated 07/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia finance minister rejects Tory call to change liquor laws

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's finance minister says she has no plans to change the province's liquor laws after the Progressive Conservatives called for the sale of alcohol in grocery stores.

Maureen MacDonald says she sees no reason to expand the sale of alcohol, adding that the previous Tory government of John Hamm already concluded that the province's model best serves the interests of taxpayers.

Tory Leader Jamie Baillie issued a statement earlier today saying the province should allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine because it would help sustain stores in rural communities.

Baillie says the rules that govern the sale of alcohol have changed little since the provincial liquor commission was created in 1930.

He has released a discussion paper on the topic and is seeking public input.

He says the party will continue to consult with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Injury Free Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association.