Earlier this month, the Times Colonist's Paul Willcocks revealed the Campbell administration "quietly offered private liquor-store owners yet another price break before Christmas, cutting the prices they will have to pay for wine, beer and other alcohol by five per cent across the board." The Liquor Barn Income Fund, which owns seven stores in British Columbia, issued a news release promoting that price break - which will mean "$20 million less revenue for the government" according to Mr. Willcocks. That's a lot of money. So some might find it curious the Liberals didn't make an announcement about this costly policy change. After all, that's exactly what public safety and solicitor general did when booze prices were dropped in 2003 and 2005. Fancy that!
January 22, 2007