Assessing the Privatization of Retail Alcohol Sales

Posted : 10/16/2015

Jason Childs, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Regina; Alexander Siebert, Master’s student, University of Regina

Control and regulation of alcohol by governments has a long and varied history in Western Canada. In fact, it traces back to even before there were provinces, to the time when the Northwest Territories were controlled by Canada’s Parliament. With liquor laws eventually coming under provincial jurisdiction, it’s not surprising policies have evolved to the point where the provinces of Western Canada take different approaches to balancing the benefits of liberal alcohol policy and the social harm alcohol abuse causes. Finding the right policy prescription is an on-going challenge.

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