Liquor policy website goes live
Sep 14, 2013 / 11:09 am
British Columbians can now offer their ideas on how to make balanced, common-sense changes to BC's liquor laws through a new website launched today.
Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform John Yap launched the new Liquor Policy Review website while touring Steamworks Brewing Co.'s new facility in Burnaby. Yap is inviting British Columbians to get involved with the site - through blog discussions, Twitter chats and feedback forms - to better understand BC's liquor system and to offer vital input on ways to improve it.
"Our government has been hearing from industry and stakeholders about changes they would like made to BC's liquor laws,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “This is the first review to take place in over a decade and the time is now to also hear from British Columbians."
"(We) created this website to stir discussion, and to collect ideas for common-sense changes that balance consumer convenience and economic activity with public health and safety."
The goal of government's review is to find changes to BC's laws on the use and sale of beer, wine and spirits that improve customer convenience and grow BC's economy, while ensuring public health and safety.
The new website broadens the consultation to include all British Columbians.
Along with logging public input and generating discussion, the website features written submissions provided by stakeholders, video blogs from Yap and an archival look at BC's liquor history, as well as answers to commonly held questions around the production, sale and consumption of beer, wine and spirits.
Input will be gathered until the Liquor Policy Review consultation process ends on Oct. 31, with a final report to be presented to Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton by Nov. 25.
"We want to hear all of those over the next six weeks and I'm looking forward to actively engaging with people around the province through social media during that time to hear their ideas and their stories," said Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform John Yap.
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