When Alberta became
the first Canadian jurisdiction to privatize liquor retailing,
warehousing and distribution in 1993, it was considered a
bold step. Now, Albertans view it as simply another commercial
enterprise operating successfully in the province.
In fact, private
liquor retailing has been remarkably well received by consumers
and everyone involved in the liquor industry and continues
to meet the original objectives set out by the government.
The Alberta experience
demonstrates that liquor retailing can be responsibly and
well managed by the private sector, with government continuing
to carry out its regulatory responsibilities and collecting
revenue from liquor sales for use in public programs.
helped the liquor industry, benefiting both retailers and
consumers. More locations and greater product selection are
some of the results, while employment grew from 1,300 to over 4,000 jobs.
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on the privatization of Alberta’s retail liquor industry,
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