POLITICS

Manitoba Liberals Promise Lower Booze Prices, Mull Privatization

08/05/2015 01:32 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 05:59 EDT
Liquor.com
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Liberal Party is promising lower booze prices and the possible privatization of the province's liquor system.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari says her party is launching public consultations and will look at everything from Alberta's privatized approach to fully public systems in other provinces.

Bokhari says even if Manitoba's liquor system remains public, there would be big changes under a Liberal government.

She says the Liberals would restrict liquor commission advertising to education purposes, and the Crown corporation would be ordered to find savings and cut prices.

Bokhari also says restaurants and bars would get volume discounts, and private wine stores would have exclusive products not available in government stores.

Manitoba is currently dominated by government liquor stores, although there are some private wine outlets and many hotels have beer vendors.