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April 10, 2019

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. 

March 25, 2019

“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

January 19, 2018

"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

June 22, 2017

“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

October 31, 2016

"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

September 12, 2016

With the privatization of alcohol sales, OPSEU asks the question: “Who’s winning here? It isn’t Ontarians."

May 12, 2016

"This is a serious public health issue.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

March 7, 2016

"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

November 2, 2015

“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

July 3, 2015

"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a controlled substance, and for good reason." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President