Liquor changes make sound business sense

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Island restaurants offer convenience for patrons wishing to purchase booze

Changes to legislation allowing Island restaurants to sell P.E.I.-produced beer, wine and spirits for diners to take home after their meal make sense. It’s good for tourists from the sake of convenience and also provides additional support for Island wineries, breweries and distilleries. If a tourist or Islander tries a local beverage and likes it, well, it makes sense to have additional product at the ready to allow guests to take more back home with them.

There should not be any issue with people needing to order a full meal at the restaurant to be eligible to purchase additional wine, spirits or beer. Why else would people go to a diner? If they don’t want to eat, then visit a nearby liquor store.

The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission says it’s a simple way to support a very young industry on P.E.I. The commission has been pro-active in looking for ways to support local manufacturers and also had tourists in mind when it made the changes. If a tourist sees that he or she can buy and take home local beer, wine or spirits after a meal, they might be more apt to sample that product with their meal. It’s a good marketing ploy, really. Restaurants will need a special licence from the commission which also provides additional revenue for the province.

The LCC isn’t breaking new ground here as the changes follow similar rules in effect in five other provinces or territories where regulations are even more relaxed. In Alberta there is no restriction on what can be purchased in terms of the type of product or amount. P.E.I. will limit sales to a maximum of two 750-ml bottles of wine, two 750-ml bottles of spirits and the equivalent of up to 12 355-ml cans/bottles of beer.

Other provinces also don’t require patrons to eat before they purchase take-out alcohol, but it still begs the question why anyone would go into a restaurant just to purchase a 12-pack to go.

Don’t expect to see a flood of booze flowing out the front door of restaurants, but anytime a tourist gets a little extra attention and convenience, it’s a smart thing. Let’s hope they spread the good word.

Cornwall ignores public transit

It was more what wasn’t in the budget that was interesting when Cornwall town council met last week. We heard that residents will be paying more for sewer and water services, commercial and non-commercial tax rates will remain the same and there will be a significant increase of 18 per cent for policing while the capital budget includes more sidewalks and sewer upgrades and will boost water pressure.

What wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the budget document was the transit system. Cornwall gave notice last fall it was pulling out of the T-3 transit involving Charlottetown and Stratford because the town felt it couldn’t justify the cost considering the low numbers of town riders utilizing the buses.

A majority on Cornwall council, especially Mayor Barney Fullerton, has been cool to the bus system since its inception or their election. Stratford has gone out of its way to endorse the transit system and tries hard to make it succeed. Charlottetown feels that providing a public transit system is a duty for the municipality even if it loses money. But not in Cornwall. The abolition of public transit is considered a done deal and apparently didn’t warrant any mention or budget discussion.

Cornwall council wants the town to grow yet continues to be very parochial when it comes to public transit. It is baffling.

Organizations: P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission, Cornwall town council

Geographic location: Iceland, Cornwall, Alberta Charlottetown Stratford

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Recent comments

  • Gordie
    March 18, 2014 - 08:43

    A lot of people gave up cigarettes eh Robert? Pound the liquor to them

  • Marlene
    March 17, 2014 - 14:50

    I do not use alcohol, but I do enjoy a non-alcoholic beer now and then with my meal. These beverages comes in cans and in glass bottles. Could someone, maybe the Guardian, explain why the Ghiz government refuse permission to the local grocery stores to sell non- alcoholic beer in cans? The ban on cans were lifted several years ago now, and you see non-alcoholic beer sold in glass bottles in the grocery stores, and in the liquor stores at a much higher price and the cans in the stores on the mainland. Why is this situation allowed to continue. When I visit the Island I bring several cases of canned non- alcoholic beer over with me. I also know of people bringing large supplies with them, when they are across. The Province is missing out on HST on all this, besides appearing backwards and stupid.

    • Hazel Robichaud
      March 18, 2014 - 08:01

      Being a former Islander, my husband and I come to PEI on many occasions during the year . My husband is a diabetic. He enjoys a non alcoholic beer but in a majority of restrauants on PEI they do not have it or reply with we can not keep it in stock. maybe order more would help? This is ongoing, we also bring all our non alcholic beer from NB. is this smuggling, not sure. but the cost of it in the liquor store is way higher than other provinces. Even in Paris France and other places non alcholic beer is available. get with the program. PEI

    • Gordie
      March 18, 2014 - 08:47

      Marlene When you come to our GENTLE ISLAND, set your watch ahead an hour and your calendar BACK 20 years

  • kevin
    March 17, 2014 - 14:35

    As usual the Guardian support the moves this government makes. Now, how about supporting real convenience for tourists and Islanders, ----- let the GROCERY stores sell beer and wine along with the restaurants. I also challenge the Guardian to promote and support selling, at least, non-alcoholic beer in cans in the grocery stores, - mainly for the convenience of visitors, Islanders don't really count for anything.

  • Ever heard of restraint of trade or free choice
    March 17, 2014 - 14:26

    Great idea for approved Liberal funded spirits and more restrictions than anywhere else. The liquor board should be disbanded and we could by cheaper from SAQ or LCBO who are the largest single buyers in the world. huh???