November 14, 2019

Are police, RCMP, or local law enforcement lingering in your liquor store or pub parking lot? Has this impacted your business negatively?

As members likely know, last year the federal government amended Canada’s drinking and driving laws so that police no longer need a reasonable suspicion of impairment or alcohol consumption before demanding a breath sample. Since that change, we have heard many concerning stories of police loitering in pub or liquor store parking lots during business hours and pulling over guests as they drive away.

While ABLE BC and its members are of course concerned about impaired driving, we are also concerned about how these new powers granted to police are being used, or perhaps misused. It is also possible this new law may violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We want to hear directly from you how this is impacting your business.

Please join ABLE BC’s President Al McCreary and Executive Director Jeff Guignard for a discussion of Canada’s new drinking and driving laws, including legal and Charter of Rights challenges currently underway.
Members are invited to come prepared with stories of their recent interactions with police so that we can develop a better understanding of how we might better work with local law enforcement on this issue. 

Meeting Details

  • When: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: John B. Pub boardroom (1000 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam)
  • Lunch will be available

Please RSVP to If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please send your stories directly to

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