Even the seemingly small step of allowing four new private liquor stores to open — two in Regina and two in Saskatoon — will mean lost revenue of approximately $3.5-$7.5 million each year, according to the new report.
Supporters of publicly run liquor sales raise concerns about privatization of sector: $2.5 billion is a lot of money to give away to corporate interests that have no commitment to Saskatchewan and will take their profits elsewhere.
"There is no good reason to turn liquor sales over to private companies. We call on government to put the public good ahead of private profit and stop privatizing public liquor sales." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.