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the policy that led to nearly $100,000 worth of whisky being seized from four licensed, tax-paying establishments, is outdated, illogical, and not in the best interest of consumers.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.
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:
The fine print: petition requirements
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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and industry-wide collaboration, our government partners will move quickly to resolve this issue and change this outdated law.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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