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Exel's powerful friends helped pushed BC liquor privatization

Public consultation forsaken, tendering process might be too.

Mackin: Memo makes clear Exel wants future where there are no other liquor warehouse operators in BCMay 28, 2012: Exel's internal strategy has been to lobby for the privatization of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch since 2009, reveals Bob Mackin of The Tyee. The company, already involved in a tainted bidding process in the rail industry, has been lobbying government about liquor distribution since 2005. It appears to have achieved a victory: a request for tender process involving as little as one bidder.

"When it comes to privatization, does the British Columbia government know when to say when?

First it contracted Accenture Business Services to take over BC Hydro's back office for $1.45 billion over 10 years in 2003. Later that same year, it sold BC Rail to CN Rail for a billion dollars even though Gordon Campbell promised before he became premier that the railway would remain taxpayer-owned.

Now the BC Liberals are trying to sell the distribution and warehousing of the province's Liquor Distribution Branch, which made an $890.4 million profit according to its 2010-2011 annual reportÂ…"

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Posted: May 31, 2012

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