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BC's liquor distribution privatization plan put forward for corporate interests

Freedom of Information documents reveal one company's lobbyists influenced Liberals.

Simpson: It has become clear this looks like a process that was driven by one interest.July 13, 2012: NDP MPP Shane Simpson has uncovered that the BC Liberals changed its position on the private distribution of liquor after it was lobbied by representatives of Exel Logistics, reports Cassidy Olivier in The Province. The government denies this claim despite established ties between party members and the registered lobbyists.

"The NDP wants the government to halt its plan to privatize liquor distribution, following the release of documents suggesting the process was initiated solely for the benefit of a company allied with the B.C. Liberal Party.

Freedom of Information documents made public Thursday by NDP critic Shane Simpson indicate the government had no intention, as of June 2011, of "making changes" to the province's liquor distribution system.

That's according to an email from Justice Minister Shirley Bond to Scott Lyons, vice-president of Exel Logistics, sent in response to a query outlining the company's proposal for a public-private partnership with the government..."

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Posted: July 19, 2012

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