Charlottetown (10 April 2019) — In response to the election promise made by the PC Party to open up beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores, the President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE/NUPGE) says that the union would oppose any further privatization of the sale of liquor in the province.
“It means giving business more opportunities to push alcohol sales at a great cost to the health and safety of our kids and communities. It’s a ploy to help private retailers increase their profits at the expense of public welfare." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"His policy will put more people at risk, it will drive jobs out of our rural communities and unilateral decisions like this do nothing to bring integrity back to government.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“Privatization of liquor stores means money that once supported public services like education or health care is flowing into the pockets of former politicians who helped privatize them when they were in office.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE 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
With the privatization of alcohol sales, OPSEU asks the question: “Who’s winning here? It isn’t Ontarians."
"This is a serious public health issue.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"If we were to privatize this important public asset, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for public services like health care, education, and programs for families would be lost." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“The loss of public revenue from reduced sales at BC Liquor Stores is also worrying. Those revenues pay for health, social services, education and other public services." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a controlled substance, and for good reason." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President