Newfoundland to consider alcohol policy reforms

Published November 22, 2019

After Newfoundland and Labrador received a D-minus from Restaurants Canada in its 2019 Raise the Bar report, the provincial government is showing interest in improving conditions for licensed establishments.

On Nov. 19, Premier Dwight Ball and Finance Minister Tom Osborne sat down with Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, as well as two licensed foodservice operators, to hear their perspectives.

From left: Luc Erjavec (Restaurants Canada), Premier Dwight Ball, Jeremy Bonia (Restaurants Canada Board of Directors, Raymonds Restaurant & The Merchant Tavern), Finance Minister Tom Osborne, Brenda O’Reilly (Yellowbelly Brewery, O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub)

From left: Luc Erjavec (Restaurants Canada), Premier Dwight Ball, Jeremy Bonia (Restaurants Canada Board of Directors, Raymonds Restaurant & The Merchant Tavern), Finance Minister Tom Osborne, Brenda O’Reilly (Yellowbelly Brewery, O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub)

The discussion largely focused on the province’s archaic alcohol regulatory regime and lack of wholesale liquor pricing for bars and restaurants.

Restaurants Canada was asked to submit a wholesale pricing proposal for the government to consider as it works on its upcoming budget, which will be unveiled in the spring.

A willingness was also expressed to consider introducing regulatory changes.

Restaurants Canada welcomes this step in the right direction and looks forward to building on the positive momentum from this discussion.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, at lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org.

Marlee Wasser

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