MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 30, 2013 09:30 ET

MADD Canada Clarifies Position on Sale of Beer and Wine in Corner Stores in Response to PC Party Discussion Paper

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - MADD Canada is clarifying its position on the privatization of alcohol sales, in response to a recent discussion paper released by the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

That discussion paper, released on May 23, may leave some people with the incorrect impression that MADD Canada has no concerns about the privatization of alcohol sales in the province. To clarify, MADD Canada strongly opposes the privatization of alcohol sales and the sale of beer and wine in corner stores.

"The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia did consult with MADD Canada on this issue and various strategies for modernizing alcohol sales," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "While the paper talks about certain strategies for modernization which MADD Canada does not have significant concerns about, there is no mention whatsoever of the key message in our discussion, which was our very strong opposition to the sale of beer and wine in corner stores. Nor is there any mention at all about the well-established negative impacts that privatization of alcohol sales has on public health and safety."

Alcohol is linked with more than 65 medical conditions and is a contributing factor in injuries and deaths caused by illness, impaired driving, homicides, suicides, falls, drowning, assaults, fires and other adverse events that threaten public safety and community well-being.

In a recently updated policy paper, Provincial Liquor Boards: Meeting the Best Interests of Canadians", MADD Canada outlined Canadian and international research which clearly and consistently shows that privatized systems result in increased access to alcohol which in turn leads to increased alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems in society. In British Columbia, for example, researchers found that areas with more private stores than government-run stores had significantly higher rates of alcohol-related deaths involving local residents. There was a 27.5% increase in alcohol-related deaths for every extra private liquor store per 1,000 British Columbians. For more information, please see Provincial Liquor Boards: Meeting the Best Interests of Canadians, in the Resource Library on MADD Canada's web site at www.madd.ca.

"We feel the need to clarify our position on this because we are being contacted by people who are very concerned that we may be supportive of a plan to sell beer and wine in corner stores," Mr. Murie said. "In fact, our position is quite the opposite. We strongly encourage the province to maintain its current provincial sales model and we would strongly oppose changes in the system that would put beer and wine in corner stores."

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. For more information, visit www.madd.ca.

Contact Information

  • Andrew Murie
    Chief Executive Officer
    MADD Canada
    416-720-7642
    amurie@madd.ca

    Susan MacAskill
    Atlantic Region Chapter Services Manager
    MADD Canada
    902-799-0498
    atlantic@madd.ca

    Anissa Aldridge
    Chapter President
    MADD Halifax Region
    902-209-1810