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Manitoba to Allow Sale of Beer, Wine at Grocery Stores

May 19, 2011 11:58 AM | News

Changes to Manitoba's Liquor Control Act were proposed Thursday. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Changes to the Liquor Control Act that would modernize liquor laws in the province were announced by the Manitoba government on Thursday.

The move would allow some grocery stores to sell alcohol and patrons to bring their own wine to restaurants. At the same time, the province will crack down on underage drinking.

“The goal of this new strategy is to allow our province to be both socially progressive and socially responsible,” Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh said. “It encourages economic development and provides Manitobans and visitors with the ability to enjoy social opportunities within a safe environment.”

Other changes include hiring three new downtown Winnipeg liquor inspectors by 2012, and instituting a false identification crackdown on young adults by the same year.

The amendment would also allow socials to sell booze until 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. for beer vendors. Bars could also stay open past midnight on Sundays.