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Grocers in Manitoba may soon be able to sell more types of liquor

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The provincial government in Manitoba has introduced new legislation that will allow the province to launch a five-year pilot program expanding liquor sales to more businesses, like grocery stores. The new billl, introduced by the government on May 26, would also give existing liquor, beer and wine stores the ability to apply for new licenses, allowing these retailers to carry any type of alcohol sold by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

The changes would put private stores in line with government-run outlets that offer all types of liquor products. 

Scott Fielding, the minister responsible for liquor and lotteries stated in a a Canadian Press story, that the new bill will “expand Manitobans’ ability to have access and to have more convenience when you’re going shopping.”

The Retail Council of Canada said it was disappointed that Manitoba is not moving immediately to allow alcohol in more stores. Most other provinces allow people to pick up a bottle of wine while grocery shopping, spokesperson John Graham said.

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