If you want beer and wine in B.C. grocery stores, there's an opportunity tonight to make that argument in person.
John Yap, the parliamentary secretary for B.C.'s liquor policy review, will be at the Kelowna Ramada Hotel from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for the public to ask questions and share thoughts on balanced, common-sense policy changes to B.C.'s liquor laws.
"Almost everything is on the table," said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick who will chair the public meeting.
To date, 4,800 have visited the government website and 1,500 comments filed, he noted. "For sure, one of the popular topics has been the issue of selling beer and wine in grocery stores."
Input has also been received on government liquor stores versus private retailers, minimum pricing and whether there should be one licence for bars and restaurants instead of liquor primary and food primary licenses.
However, "governance of the liquor distribution branch is not one of the things we're doing in this review," said Letnick.
Since August, Yap has met with groups throughout the province, including local governments, police, First Nations and industry to hear their ideas and comments.
Public input will be received until Oct. 31 and Yap will submit a report to Attorney General and Justice Minister Suzanne Anton by Nov. 25. She will then report to cabinet.
For more information on the review or to provide input, go to: engage.gov.bc.ca/liquorpolicyreview.