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Saskatchewan to unveil plans to expand private liquor

Minister responsible for SLGA to make announcement Wednesday

CBC News Posted: Nov 17, 2015 10:25 AM CTLast Updated: Nov 17, 2015 10:25 AM CT

There are 75 government-owned liquor stores in Saskatchewan. If the government decides to expand private liquor sales, some or all of them could be sold off.

There are 75 government-owned liquor stores in Saskatchewan. If the government decides to expand private liquor sales, some or all of them could be sold off. (Neil Cochrane/CBC)

The Saskatchewan government is about to announce an expanded private system of liquor retailing.

Liquor and Gaming Authority Minister Don McMorris will unveil the government’s plans Wednesday morning, the government said.

There’s no word yet on what kind of expanded private system the province is looking at.

The provincial government owns 75 liquor stores, but there are also private rural franchises, off-sale outlets at hotels, and a small number of private stores in Regina and Saskatoon.

The government has been looking at more private liquor sales for more than a year.

Everything from the status quo to Alberta-style privatization of government-owned stores is on the table.

However, Premier Brad Wall has previously said any proposed sell-off of SLGA stores would be taken to voters in the next election, which is set for April.

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