Public consultations announced for liquor and lotteries merger in Manitoba | National Union of Public and General Employees

Public consultations announced for liquor and lotteries merger in Manitoba

“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, MGEU President.

Winnipeg (14 Sept. 2012) - The Manitoba government has announced consultations on the merging of the Manitoba Liquor Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation and has invited the public to make their views known. Manitobans will be asked for their ideas on how to reduce red tape, improve consumer choice, and enhance public safety and social responsibility.

Clearly, employees with the Manitoba Liquor Commissions, the Manitoba Gaming Commission, Manitoba Lotteries, and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, as well as numerous social service agencies, have an interest in the consultations and the next steps in the evolution of the soon to be operational Liquor and Gaming entity.

“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE). “Our members work on the front-lines and care about the social and economic impacts of these industries not just as employees but also as community members. Their perspective and ideas need to be taken into account as the government considers these important changes.”

The MGEU will be making a presentation to the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee on behalf of our members in an effort to bring forward concerns that have arisen since the merger was announced. However, if you or someone you know would like to participate in the consultations, and bring your perspective to the table, you are encouraged to do so.

Public consultations will be held in the following six communities across Manitoba:

  • Arborg, Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
  • Thompson, Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
  • The Pas, Thursday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
  • Brandon, Monday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.;
  • Winkler, Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.; and
  • Winnipeg, Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Anyone planning to attend a consultation to make a presentation, is required to register in advance with the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee by phone at 204-954-9452 or 1-800-782-0363 ext. 452 (toll-free) or by email at consultations@mgcc.mb.ca.

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