It’s so common for politicians who privatized public services when in office to be hired by companies that profit from privatization after they retire that it rarely gets questioned.
“Like with liquor sales, the public sale of marijuana would ensure a greater level of social responsibility while also ensuring revenue generated from the sales would go back into other public services such as health and education.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“Our Canadian friends on the East Coast have taken a significant step forward for public health and safety and are showing true leadership when it comes to legalizing marijuana” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"This move means less money for the government to pay for public services. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. And with the increased availability of alcohol, it means higher health and social costs.” — Denise Davis, OPSEU Chair, Liquor Board Division
"This is a serious public health issue.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"It’s reckless for the government to not reconsider its plans for privatization and the resulting loss of revenue considering the increasing local economic pressures on the province.” — Donna Christianson, Chair of SGEU's Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority bargaining unit.
Despite making millions each year in revenue to support the province, the Saskatchewan government wants to privatize liquor sales.
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.
Liberals break promise to maintain public liquor stores by opening more Agency Stores across Nova Scotia.