The province's public liquor stores are big money makers for the Campbell administration. Despite increased competition from the private competitors, the liquor distribution branch is still estimated to take in $810 million in fiscal 2007/08. But it seems the government doesn't want any help boosting that business.
Late next month, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union - which represents branch workers - is planning to roll out a "Shop Public" advertising campaign, encouraging British Columbians to buy their booze from the public rather than the private sector. But, in an interview with Public Eye, branch senior communications program officer Katherine Jeffcoat says employees won't be allowed to wear buttons promoting the campaign.
Said Ms. Jeffcoat, "We have a strict employee uniform policy. And our employees are free to wear whatever they choose when they aren't at work. However, we they are at work they're expected to abide by uniform policy - like most other employers in B.C." And that means they're not allowed to wear "anybody's button." So there.