Sign our petition to give British Columbians access to premium whisky and allow private liquor stores to sell product to bars, pubs, and restaurants

Click here to download a copy of the petition

 

As you may know, on January 18, 2018, BC liquor inspectors seized thousands of dollars of whisky from establishments on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver in what has been dubbed by media a “Prohibition-style raid.”

To be clear, in British Columbia, liquor products sold by bars and restaurants must be bought through the LDB or BC Liquor Stores and recorded in a liquor register. Unfortunately, the LDB only distributes Scotch Malt Whisky Society products to private liquor stores, so they are not available for sale to bars and restaurants.

ABLE BC encourages our members to abide by all liquor laws, even when those laws need to change. But in our opinion, the policy that led to nearly $100,000 worth of whisky being seized from four licensed, tax-paying establishments, is outdated, illogical, and not in the best interest of consumers.

Since the incident, ABLE BC has been in regularly contact with the LCLB on behalf of our industry. We are also working with the Ministry of Attorney General and other senior officials to ensure they understand the severity of this issue and the importance of resolving it for the industry.

We need your help to change this outdated and illogical policy: get our petition signed!

Click here to download a copy of the petition

 

Allowing private retailers to sell to bars, pubs, and restaurants requires a significant change in government policy. We are petitioning the Government of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly to give British Columbians access to specialty liquor product such as premium whisky and to allow private liquor stores to sell product to bars, pubs, and restaurants.

What you need to do:

  1. Print copies of petition: click here to download a copy of the petition
  2. Share the petition with your staff, customers, friends, and colleagues
  3. Have a copy of the petition at every till and encourage customers to sign it
  4. Share the petition with your whisky club members or a whisky club in your area
  5. Return the completed petitions to ABLE BC by February 28, 2018. Once all petitions are received, we will compile and submit to the Legislative Assembly.

The fine print: petition requirements

  • No duplicate signatures
  • Original signatures only
  • Petitions must be free of erasures or insertions
  • Petitioners must be residents of BC

Once the petition is completed, please return to the ABLE BC office by March 9, 2018:

948 Howe Street, Suite 200. Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9

How to explain the petition to your customers:

  • BC’s bars, pubs, and restaurants cannot buy product from private retailers – licensed, tax-paying establishments and small businesses in your community. Product must be bought through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and government liquor stores.
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Products are only distributed to private liquor stores. Bars, pubs, and restaurants cannot buy or serve them.
  • This prevents YOU from tasting and purchasing some of the best whisky in the world.
  • Our province has a rich and diverse Scotch whisky community and is host to world-class whisky events. We fear the recent prohibition-style raids – the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1920s – will have a cooling effect on the vibrancy of the BC whisky scene.
  • This outdated and absurd law needs to change.

Other ways you can help:

Post on social media: sample tweets

  • #DYK BC liquor laws stop YOU from trying some of the best whisky in the world. #FreetheWhisky change the policy, and let private liquor stores sell to bars and restaurants #smartliquorlaws @Dave_Eby @JJHorgan @BCLegislature
  • Give British Columbians access to specialty liquor and whisky. Time to change liquor laws and let private liquor stores sell to bars and restaurants #FreetheWhisky #smartliquorlaws @Dave_Eby @JJHorgan @BCLegislature
  • British Columbians want access to premium whisky! Time to change liquor laws and let private liquor stores sell to bars and restaurants #FreetheWhisky #smartliquorlaws #smartliquorlaws @Dave_Eby @JJHorgan @BCLegislature

 

It is our hope that with your support and industry-wide collaboration, our government partners will move quickly to resolve this issue and change this outdated law.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC at 604-688-5560 or info@ablebc.ca. To learn more about the Alliance and the advocacy work we do on behalf of the private liquor industry, please visit ABLEBC.ca.

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