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.
“Our members who work at BC Liquor Stores across the province take social responsibility very seriously — they understand the importance of keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, and are trained to check photo identification and not over serve." — BCGEU President Stephanie Smith
“It appears the big grocers have told privatization czar Ed Clark that those public safety restrictions are an obstacle to profits so get rid of them." Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU 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
"There is a large and respected body of research that demonstrates clearly the relationship between alcohol availability and its harmful side effects. Regrettably, the Wynne government has chosen to ignore that evidence but instead acts on the advice of Ed Clark." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“If Kathleen Wynne thinks this is going to be a cakewalk down the aisle of privatized beer and wine she ought to think again.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President