During the B.C. legislature’s question period last week, Attorney General Suzanne Anton, who’s been tasked with overhauling our liquor policy, continued her steadfast insistence that with the new wholesale pricing scheme to be launched April 1, “the industry and consumer [will] have a better regime for liquor in British Columbia.”
This move to a base wholesale price that ostensibly creates a “level playing field” does anything but, since private and government stores operate on different financial models, and only the latter can sell to restaurants, which in turn pay full retail. It seems as though some playing fields are more level than others.
Looking at the current situation this means the welfare of many hard-working, dedicated people in the industry is in jeopardy. The B.C. LDB wasn’t planning to announce its new shelf prices until Friday (March 20), leaving restaurants with just seven business days to reconfigure their financial models and evaluate the sustainability of their operations. Wine-forward establishments featuring unique bottles from around the world will very likely pay more for them under the new model, which means consumers will too.
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Author: Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight