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LETTER: We don’t need moralizing

Customers line up outside Oak Tree Place liquor store in Charlottetown Wednesday afternoon to stock up on supplies. As of Thursday at 2 p.m., all 17 liquor stores throughout Prince Edward Island will be closed until further notice. This comes after an agreement between Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer, and cabinet that liquor and cannabis corporations are not an essential service.
Customers line up outside Oak Tree Place liquor store in Charlottetown March 18 after government announced it would be closing 17 liquor stores throughout Prince Edward Island the following day. - Jim Day

Regarding Chief Public Health Officer "disappointed" with liquor store lineups (March 19).

Rather than moralizing about how “disappointed” she was to see Islanders queueing up at the liquor store after her sudden announcement that stores were going to be closing, perhaps Dr. Morrison, our chief public health officer, could use her time more productively doing a little research into addiction issues on P.E.I. She might then come up with creative ideas on how best to improve public health services to Islanders with addiction issues. 

Significant announcements at this time need to be more carefully conceived. 

Rather than vague promises about selling liquor online, clear guidance about future sales of liquor would likely have minimized the desperate rush to the liquor store. It would also spare us the queasy experience of listening to public officials officiously mounting their high horses.


Colm Magner
Victoria, P.E.I.

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