Booze limits increased

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Islanders can now bring more alcohol into the province for their personal use.

Robert Henderson, the minister responsible for the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission, says an individual can now take up to three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 24.6 litres of beer.

The previous limits were 1.14 litres of spirits, two litres of wine or 24, 341-millilitre bottles of beer.

“This increase approved by government places our personal import limits in line with other provinces and territories,” the minister said.

The new limits are also now on par with the volume that an individual can take into Canada after paying a nominal amount of federal duty. 

Henderson says the Liquor Control Commission continues to offer a special order service for Island residents to obtain liquor products not carried by the commission. There is no limit on an individual’s special orders, provided they are for their own personal use and consumption.

Henderson also announced changes in the house of private liquor store.

“Regarding the privately run liquor agency stores, P.E.I. had the most restrictive days of allowed operation in Atlantic Canada, and this included not allowing these stores to be open on any statutory holiday. With the changes put in place, these private stores, can if they so choose, be open to sell liquor every day except all day Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day and not before 12 noon on Remembrance Day.” 

There are seven private agency stores, of which Eldon, East Royalty, Morell, Murray Harbour and Kinkora are year-round operations, and Cavendish and Wood Islands are seasonal. The days of the year that these stores may open is now identical to Nova Scotia.

PEILCC corporate stores are not affected by this change and will continue to remain closed on statutory holidays.

Organizations: P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Iceland, Murray Harbour Wood Islands Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Captain Canuck
    December 20, 2012 - 08:36

    In a related story, Frank McKenna says Islanders will benefit from HST. Thanks Frank. You're driving me to drink.

  • intobed
    December 19, 2012 - 21:02

    Well, here is the first step. Privately run liquor agency stores are now only required to close three and a half days a year. I assume we now have alcohol sales 24 / 7 the rest of the time. Next step will be in the spring, when we will allow people to walk freely in public with alcoholic drinks in hand. Then they can be sold by street vendors and corner stores.

  • free interprovincial trade
    December 19, 2012 - 20:35

    Actually Wes, I buy dozens of cases of beer at NSLC and NBLC each year and I DON'T TELL YOUR LOUSY DEPARTMENT ABOUT IT AT ALL. You run a hollow fake government and province my friend. Go back to the little Malpeque credit union.... if you have any personal credit left. Provincial boundaries no longer matter. National boundaries no longer matter. And you and your 26 colleagues at Province House have never mattered. PEI should merge with NB and NS anyway.

  • what about can pop
    December 19, 2012 - 17:10

    Please tell me there is no limit on can pop. It would crush my Christmas

  • SG
    December 19, 2012 - 12:31

    (There is no limit on an individual’s special orders, provided they are for their own personal use and consumption.) How does our Government or the Powers that Be Confirm such "Special Orders" are for their own personal use and consumption? Just what PEI needs Islanders' having the priviledge f being able to purchase alcoholic beverages out of Province with greater limits !

  • Mell
    December 19, 2012 - 11:32

    Is PEI not a province and part of Canada! I can understand restriction if we were going off island to another country, ie USA, but New Brunswick-Nova Scotia- come on, this mentality is retarded how much we bring back for our own use. There should be no limit on personal use. Even going to the Madeleines is part of PQ. Now going to NFDL and then over to St Pierre may have a restriction, but there should not be any restriction within our own country for gosh shakes! How stupid is this!

  • Donnie
    December 19, 2012 - 10:50

    Another big leap forward for interprovincial trade in the SAME COUNTRY. Less restrictions to trade from a province to another country....(like Quebec selling hydro to the U.S. or Alberta selling oil to the U.S. or B.C. selling water to the U.S. ). So we have trade restrictions between provinces in a global market....and they think continuing them with some minor modifications is a good idea?

  • fred
    December 19, 2012 - 10:05

    Something just don;t seem right ! We can buy 12 pop $ 2.99 + deposit. We buy 12 beer $ 23.99. Does it really cost $ 20.00 more to make a dozen beer than pop, or is the gov . charging about 18.00 tax, per dozen. Beer in u.s. is aprox $ .50 cents a can. Beer here on pei is aprox $2.00 a can.The pei gov . must hate to see anyone breath the air here and no way to tax it.

  • Anze Pizz
    December 19, 2012 - 10:01

    This is AWESOME!!!! Now I can get even more hammered!!!!

  • Anze Pizz
    December 19, 2012 - 10:00

    This is AWESOME!!!! Now I can get even more hammered!!!!

  • Needs to go further
    December 19, 2012 - 09:16

    This is good, but needs to go further, like absolutely zero restrictions since this is the same damn country. The price of beer on PEI is ridiculous. Wine and spirits are more in line with the rest of the country to an extent, but the beer is over the top.

    • sdhhdfhdfhdhs
      December 19, 2012 - 13:03

      And yet, people still find a way to get trashed, drive around, and kill people with their cars!