BC Liquor Policy Review

Mon Sep 16 09:30:00 -1000 2013 |

Modernizing liquor laws just got a whole lot more interactive. 

The provincial government announced Saturday that it is accepting submissions and public feedback with the launch of a website (gov.bc.ca/liquorpolicyreview) that lays out the history of liquor laws, posts stakeholder discussion papers and even features a blog from John Yap, the parliamentary secretary for liquor reform.

The site is live until Oct. 31 as Yap is tasked with modernizing the province’s laws to boost the economy, support local industry and consumers while balancing public health and safety concerns.

“We want to hear all of those over the next six weeks and I’m looking forward to actively engaging with people around the province through social media during that time to hear their ideas and their stories,” Yap is quoted in a government statement.

The website is another indication the government is finally ready to listen, according to Campaign for Culture executive director Elin Tayyar.

“B.C. liquor laws are very archaic and inefficient,” Tayyar said. “We’re optimistic because this is the first time in decades the government has opened it up to the public and not just get feedback from industry.”

As a key stakeholder, the consumer-friendly Campaign for Culture (advocating relaxed laws to allow drinking on beaches, liquor at special events at venues like art galleries, allowing craft brewers to sell beer at farmers markets and reinstating happy hour) is meeting Yap Thursday with its recommendations.

Its discussion paper will be posted on the government’s website afterward.

Submissions from the Provincial Health Officer, Victoria police and the B.C. Wine Institute, among others, are already online and publicly accessible.

Yap must present his final report to Attorney General Suzanne Anton by Nov. 25.