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PEI proposes liquor privatization

Ripple-effect closures in tourism sector anticipated.

WOOD ISLANDS, PE, May 25, 2012: Closing this seasonal liquor store will have far-reaching consequences, reports Steve Sharratt in The Charlottetown Guardian. There is hope that the government will reverse its decision following a meeting to discuss the liquor store's impact throughout eastern PEI.

"The closure of the Wood Islands liquor store is a catastrophe for a local community group and a major blow in recognizing the eastern ferry port as a gateway to the province, says the chair of the local development board.

And being a major tenant in the Plow the Waves Centre — the greeting place for tourists arriving from the Northumberland Ferry service compound — operators worry the liquor store closure could lead to shutting down the entire complex.

'This is not the time to be looking at balance sheets,' said John Rousseau, chair of the Wood Islands and Area Development Corporation. 'It's time to see the big picture...'"

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Posted: June 06, 2012

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