The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think tank. is releasing a report claiming the government’s liquor privatization plan will cost the province 115 million dollars over the next five years if implemented.
David Campanella is the report’s author.
He says the government s proposal avoids mentioning the two critical aspects that make the proposal a major revenue drain for the SLGA and the province.
One is that the government s newly proposed mark-ups are actually reductions of roughly 25 percent
The report concludes by saying w hile a few will benefit substantially, the public will end up paying by loss of revenues through reduced public services or higher taxes.
SLGA minister Don McMorris will try to set the facts straight when he meets with reporters on Thursday afternoon.