Atlantica Party will sell the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (the NSLC)

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Atlantica Party will bring the Nova Scotia liquor industry into the 21st Century by having government vacate both the retail and wholesale liquor business and turn it over to the private market.

This means any individual, family, entrepreneur, startup, company can sell and/or import and/or make liquor provided appropriate standards are adhered to. An Atlantica Party government will sell off the assets of the NSLC to the highest bidder. Many benefits will accrue to Nova Scotians:

  • Greater choice due to competition.
  • More convenience for the consumer such as beer at the corner store.
  • Lower prices (much lower in some cases!) since the cash grab by the government will be eliminated.
  • Opportunity for many new businesses (retailers, wholesalers and producers) and jobs.
  • Greater flexibility in pricing and marketing for Nova Scotia brewers, distillers and vineyards since the NSLC restrictions will be eliminated.
  • Make Nova Scotia a more attractive destination.
  • Higher standard of living for Nova Scotians.

"There is no reason for the government to be monopolizing an economic sector. Monopolies always create high prices and lower selection,” said Jonathan G Dean Leader of the Atlantica Party. “It is simple; the NSLC is good for government but bad for Nova Scotians. We will fix that.”

The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia’s newest registered political party. The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia's only political alternative committed to fixing Nova Scotia’s democracy and making Nova Scotia a have province.

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  • commented 2017-05-21 14:12:53 -0300
    I’ve lived in and visited a lot of different countries, and they all let you buy alcohol in corner stores and grocery stores.

    For prices, there’s simply no comparison. You can go almost anywhere else and get better prices. Even in Australia where prices are generally higher than here in Canada. (Not all prices are lower there, but you can get a good bottle of wine for far, far less than you can here.)

    I’ve bought cans of beer for $0.50. Mickey’s of spirits for less than $1. 750 ml bottles of Russian vodka for about $3 or $4. I remember seeing a 24 case of beer selling for about $2.50 or so. It was on clearance though. I didn’t buy any as I was about to fly out, and they’re a tad testy about you bringing cases of beer in your carry-on.

    I’ve also seen high-end shops where you can easily drop $1k or $2k on a bottle of wine or other spirit.

    Competition drives prices down everywhere else in the world. I can’t think of a single reason why it wouldn’t drive down prices here. We might be special, but we’re not that special. :)
  • commented 2017-05-21 13:38:15 -0300
    Hi Stephen, we do appreciate your comments here – it’s important for people to speak freely. I’m not sure where in Alberta you lived (I was in Edmonton), but I saw many private stores pop up almost overnight. My friend was an ex-ALC employee who has 3 stores and prospers well, and pays his employees decently, with benefits. I also saw the prices drop, albeit I will give you credit that selection at most stores was poor at best, unless you sought out a specialty store. I don’t ever recall buying beer in Safeway et al, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, or that the “big box” stores have driven the small ones out ( I left there in 2000 – say I may be out of touch with what’s happening now, and have not been back for 8 years). I tend to support local small businesses, rather than the big boys, even if it costs a bit more. Was there pain during the first 2 years of the 5 year plan Klein had? Absolutely, but when the surpluses came in, they were allocated to the point where money that was poured into social services and programs exceeded the cuts that were made to attain fiscal responsibility. Since then, to my disbelief, successive governments, especially Notley’s, have eradicated all the gains that hard-working Albertans paid to achieve.
  • commented 2017-05-21 12:48:31 -0300
    I was also living in Alberta during the Klein years. Prices for beer and other liquor went up substantially, selection dropped dramatically. There were almost zero private stores, mostly they were just outlets in major grocery stores (with the fallacy and foolishness of a ‘separate entrance’ so they could pretend they were’t actually a part of the Safeway. The Klein years were also characterized by significant program cuts. The big difference was a huge pay cut for people who sold alcohol; they went from decent wages to minimum wage overnight. The only people who gained were the large grocery corporations. Everyone else lost.
  • commented 2017-05-21 12:40:03 -0300
    @ Stephen Downes – I was living in Alberta under the Klein years when he abolished the ALC outlets, and saw nothing but positive results. Many ex-employees opened their own private stores, creating thousands of jobs. Alberta retained distribution of alcohol, and it was taxed at that point. What was gained far outweighed losses as there were no leases of store or properties, advertising, and so on. The economics benefits almost immediately outweighed any negative effects. Cutting programs or raising taxes is not an option, the taxation revenue will still be there, it’s about cutting costs to Nova Scotians through bloated bureaucracy.
  • commented 2017-05-21 12:31:07 -0300
    The NSLC produces $234 million in revenue annually to the province. Disbanding it will create a $234 million revenue shortfall, which will have to be covered by cutting programs or raising taxes. http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2016/Estimates-and-Supplementary-Detail.pdf page.14
  • commented 2017-05-17 09:14:30 -0300
    How does Nova Scotia become a “more attractive destination” by making alcohol more freely available? Do you seriously think choose travel destinations based on the availability of booze?
  • commented 2017-05-17 09:14:29 -0300
    How does Nova Scotia become a “more attractive destination” by making alcohol more freely available? Do you seriously think choose travel destinations based on the availability of booze?
  • commented 2017-02-13 13:24:27 -0400
    This is long overdue. It is illegal to own a monopoly, by the government’s own rules, yet it’s OK for them to have one. The privatization model has worked very well in any province it has been implemented in and has proven it creates jobs, lowers bureaucracy, and provides fair market prices. Basically, at a minimum 200% mark-up and other incredible margins, the NSLC is just another tax on Nova Scotians. I fully support the Atlantica Party in this forward-thinking initiative.
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