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B.C. liquor law review website closes in 4 days

10/28/2013 11:22 EDT | Updated 12/28/2013 05:12 EST
B.C. residents wishing to change provincial liquor laws have only four days left to have their say on the liquor law submissions website set up by the provincial government.

The Liquor Policy Review consultation process, which launched in September, will end on Thursday.

Dozens of people and organizations have made submissions since the website opened, including the Vancouver Canucks, who are asking for the ability to serve hard liquor at concessions.

The team also wants to serve up to two full pints of beer per customer, rather than the existing two bottles.

B.C.'s craft distillers want the 170 per cent markup they pay to be reduced to the 123 per cent paid by the B.C. wine industry.

Peter Hunt, owner of Victoria Spirits, which is known for its flagship Victoria Gin, notes that it would make his business immediately sustainable.

As it stands, Hunt says, his family invests $10,000 a month to keep business afloat and growing.

As well as the facility to make suggestions for changes to the liquor laws, the site also features written submissions provided by stakeholders, video blogs from Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform John Yap and an archival look at B.C.'s liquor history.

Answers to commonly held questions around the production, sale and consumption of beer, wine and spirits in the province are also provided.

Once the comments window closes Thursday, Yap will help compile a list of all submissions and present a final report to Attorney General Suzanne Anton by Nov. 20.

The site also features written submissions provided by stakeholders, video blogs from Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform John Yap, an archival look at B.C.'s liquor history, and answers to commonly held questions around the production, sale and consumption of beer, wine and spirits.

A final report will be presented to Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton by Nov. 25.

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