Premier Christy Clark announced the provincial government’s support for changes to B.C.’s liquor regulations, including one that would allow restaurants to offer time-limited drink specials. This is all part of the plan to bring British Columbia’s liquor laws into the 21st century and in Clark’s words: “to give consumers more choice and to give B.C. businesses more opportunities to grow, while ensuring health and safety.”
The government is recommending that minors be allowed to dine with their families in pubs, legions, and membership clubs. They’re recommending lifting the requirement for restaurant patrons to order food with their beverage in food-primary establishments. Diners will also be allowed to move freely with a beverage from one licensed area to another.
“Families should be able to dine together in their neighbourhood pub. Consumers should be free to order whatever they want in a restaurant. These are exactly the kind of common-sense changes to B.C.’s liquor laws we promised to make—and we’re keeping that promise,” Clark said.
But on the biggest issue of all, the government didn’t make any moves. None of the supported proposals relate to the selling of alcohol in grocery stores, which received a lot of attention during the public consultation.
Last modified: December 20, 2013