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  • Blake
    May 28, 2012 - 14:11

    I also can't help but comment - why does someone always have to bring up Danny Williams? Nobody can talk about hockey, liquor, or the weather anymore without discussing Our Lord and Saviour's role in the matter... Liquor prices are up because the affluent are big alcohol consumers - prosperity among the wealthy equals increased demand for fine wine and spirits, not to mention it creates a booming restaurant trade... The Average Joe doesn't seem to have quit drinking, either - alcohol was never a tough sell in Newfoundland. We should stop patting ourselves on the back for this one.

  • Blake
    May 28, 2012 - 14:04

    If the government privatized the NLC, the selection in St. John's would skyrocket. That is a fact. Alberta has the most products and the most consumer friendly system in Canada... The Newfoundland government would reel in just as much money under that kind of system - they'd still regulate the industry and probably maintain their wholesale operations... With that said, prices wouldn't drop very much - they'd stay the same, for the most part. The biggest difference is that NLC employees would be out of work... As unfortunate as that is, I don't think that the government should be in the liquor business anymore...

  • William King
    May 28, 2012 - 08:18

    Congratulations Steve on a job well done. The proof of your labour is the new products that I and the general public see each time we visit the liquor store. This is a job that cannot be performed sitting behind a desk 24 - 7. And Danny Williams certainly knew what he was doing when he appointed Mr. Winters to the position a number of years ago. When did Danny not look after the interests of the Newfoundland economy!

  • Anon
    May 28, 2012 - 04:02

    Let liquor into the free market. Let private business dictate the prices of liquor instead of our money-grubbing government. We can't get many spirits here in NL such as malt liquor or American Ryes but we get to pay 30 dollars for a bottle of something that costs ten in the states. The hell with that.

    • David
      May 28, 2012 - 16:18

      Amen and hallelujah. Grocery stores in the U.S. make money on the exact same wines at less than 1/3 the price. Yes, grocery stores everybody.....many U.S. states treat people like grown-ups. It's weird, eh!?

  • Joseph McGrath
    May 27, 2012 - 19:21

    The travel accounts of Mr.Winter seems to be what one would expect in his position at NLC.However we have private sector participation in some areas of beer and liquor sales at present and it seems to me that everything to do with liquor distribution and sales should be done by the private sector.It won't reduce prices but may help keep them in check.It is certainly worth a closer look!!!

  • David
    May 27, 2012 - 16:28

    There is no need for government to even be in this business, let alone pay for someone's vacations. It is a terrible waste of taxpayer money running the NLLC so inefficiently and wastefully, and it makes liquor much, MUCH more expensive than it can and should be. Thanks for nuttin'.

    • Jason
      May 27, 2012 - 17:58

      David, would you like to pay for the surgery to have your tonsils taken out? Or to get your broken arm in a cast? Pay a little extra for booze so government can provide services such as free health care. Something to think about

    • mary
      May 27, 2012 - 22:08

      it's high time governments got out of the liquor business. What a waste of money.I am sure private enterprise is quite capable of providing booze for whomever desires it.

    • pal
      May 27, 2012 - 22:09

      hey dave, there are finer things than your case of canadian or your flask of lambs. huge waste of money you say? consider the addition of 50k in travel expenses to the millions of dollars of profit brought in. all to enhance and diversify people's drunk'ifying endeavours. 'atta boy steve, keep up the good work

    • David
      May 28, 2012 - 16:14

      Pal: There are as many bottles of overpiced plonk at NLLC as there are bottles of overpriced, passable wines. Steve is an expensive, worthless failure. As ar as needing 'advice' on waht ot get drunk on, you think Newfoundlanders benefit much from such service? Really?! Jason...I'm entirely speechless. Tonsilectomy = getting drunk.