Incoming premier Frank Coleman says privatizing the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. (NLC) is not a priority for him.
In an interview with the CBC over the weekend, Coleman entertained a question on privatizing the NLC, and said he saw some merits to it. That provoked a quick reaction from both the Liberals and the NDP who say privatizing the crown liquor company would be a mistake.
“Right now when I look at the Newfoundland Liquor Corp. it contributes about $150 million a year into the treasury,” Ball said. “It’s not something that I see as a priority.”
Coleman was a board member of a company in Alberta that retailed liquor.
But when The Telegram spoke to Coleman Monday evening, his language was nearly identical to Liberal Leader Dwight Ball’s.
“It was not something that I was prepared to advocate for or certainly have as a priority,” Coleman said. “It was not something that I was pursuing or advocating here for Newfoundland and Labrador. I was simply answering the interviewer in a truthful way that obviously it had merits in other jurisdictions and it could be something that could, indeed, be looked at.”