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Nova Scotia convenience stores fight to change liquor laws

August 5, 2013
DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Convenience store owner Mike Hammond is leading the efforts to change the liquor laws in the province.

As president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association Hammond is pushing for a rule change which would allow convenience and corner stores to sell beer and wine.

“We need to have customers in the front door and this gives us the ability to have another product that would give us that opportunity,” Hammond said in The Globe and Mail story.

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Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie recommends the change saying it would offer more consumer choices and end the monopoly of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Maureen McDonald says the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has raked in over $1 billion over the last decade and the profits have been used toward social programs such as healthcare. She says changing the model would reduce those profits by as much as 15 percent.

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