The government of Saskatchewan is withdrawing the retail store permit to the Carrot River Inn after discovering an MLA is part owner of the business.
On Wednesday, the government announced the 50 successful proponents for the new liquor retailers as part of the government’s expanded private retail liquor system. One of those locations was the Carrot River Inn.
According to Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw, he has small per cent ownership stake in the inn.
Bradshaw released statements in regards to the withdrawal of the permit:
Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority announced the successful proponents for 50 new private retail liquor stores across the province.
In Carrot River, the retail store permit was awarded to the Carrot River Inn. I own a small number of shares amounting to about a 1.4 per cent ownership stake in the Carrot River Inn. I did not make the SLGA Minister aware of this during the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
As a shareholder, I am not involved in the management or operations of the business and was not involved in any way in preparing the proposal for the retail store permit. Nor was I involved in any of the decision-making in awarding this permit.
However, I am a shareholder, and it is not appropriate for an MLA to have an ownership position in a business that is competing for this kind of a government contract. This was an oversight on my part but that’s not an excuse.
I have now spoken with the Minister about this matter and I understand that SLGA will be making an announcement shortly about the status of the Carrot River retail store permit.
SGLA Minister Jeremy Harrison also released a statement on the matter:
Yesterday afternoon, I learned that MLA Fred Bradshaw holds a small ownership stake in the Carrot River Inn, which was the successful proponent for the Carrot River retail liquor store permit.
Mr. Bradshaw was not involved in any way in the awarding of this permit. He also advises me that he is not involved in the management and operations of the business and was not involved in the preparation of the proposal submitted by the Carrot River Inn.
However, it is not appropriate for an MLA to be involved in an ownership position of any of the new retail stores. Therefore, I have directed SLGA to cancel the awarding of the retail store permit to the Carrot River Inn and to issue a new Request for Proposal for that permit.