10/29/2013 13:19 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

Liquor sales in grocery stores considered by B.C.

The B.C. government is one step closer to permitting liquor sales in provincial grocery stores.

According to the government, 80 percent of people who have responded to the current liquor policy review were in favour of the idea. Today it announced it would examine allowing those sales as part of a wide range of changes to liberalize liquor distribution in the province.

Several other Canadian provinces currently allow some form of liquor sales in grocery stores, including Quebec, where grocery stores can sell domestic and imported beer and Quebec-bottled wine, and Nova Scotia, where provincial liquor authorities have opened government liquor stores within grocery stores.

The recommendation on grocery store liquor sales is one of several expected in the final report, which John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform, will deliver to Justice Minister Suzanne Anton on Nov. 25.

In a written statement, Yap said:"I've heard strong support for liquor sales in grocery stores and the added convenience it would afford B.C. families. There's no doubt this would be a big shift in our province — so we will be taking a thoughtful approach and carefully considering which model could work best for B.C., while taking into account all the concerns we've heard about the dangers of increased access to minors. We must also balance health and public safety with any improvement to convenience, should we proceed in this direction."

More to come...