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Alta rolls back proposed hikes


Liquor merchants are applauding a move by the Alberta
government to restrict a price increase proposed by the province’s
alcohol distributor.

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Liquor merchants are applauding a move by the Alberta government to restrict a price increase proposed by the province’s alcohol distributor.

Connects Logistics, the sole supplier to all liquor merchants in the province, was in a position to raise its rates Feb. 25, but not to the levels it recently asked for.

The industry had a difficult year in 2006 when Connects Logistics chronically failed to deliver shipments because of what the distributor said was a labour shortage. That’s one of the reasons the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission forced the supplier to roll back its proposed increases, said spokeswoman Marilyn Carlyle-Helms.

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The commission is currently in the middle of a review of the province’s entire liquor distribution system and has summoned Connects Logistics to appear in March to justify its proposed hikes.

Connects Logistics originally proposed rate hikes of 15 cents for wine, 75 cents for imported beer and 37 cents for imported canned beer.