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B.C. candidate gets on the beer bandwagon

B.C.'s Conservative leader John Cummins vows to allow liquor sales in supermarkets if elected

With soaring temperatures, and the NHL playoffs underway, one B.C. election candidate has come up with a surefire way to win votes in the upcoming provincial elections: allowing sales of liquor in supermarkets and convenience stores.

With less than a week left in the province's election campaign, B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins entered the debate over sales of liquor in grocery by saying his government would allow beer and wine sales in those outlets.

He made the comments at a campaign stop at a Kelowna grocery store on May 7, saying, “We’ll make life more convenient and affordable for British Columbians, and help grow the economy by removing restrictions on the sale of beer and wine in convenience stores."

Other candidates have been less enthusiastic about the idea: the B.C. Liberal spokesperson said there are no plans to change the policy; the NDP's have said the liquor policy needs a completely new strategy; while the B.C. Green Party spokesman said the party has yet to devise an alcohol-sales strategy.

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