By Sarah Klein
The Manitoba government is looking for input to update its liquor laws, while at the same time encouraging responsible alcohol consumption and reducing alcohol abuse.
The province will consult with the public, the hospitality industry and public health experts to focus on reducing harm from alcohol use while encouraging moderation, public health and safety.
“For many Manitobans, a drink in the backyard or at the lake is a chance to unwind and most do that responsibly, but there are situations where excessive alcohol can lead to serious health and safety issues,” said Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau.
“We’re bringing families, industry and experts together to have their say and create a plan that will ensure Manitobans can enjoy a drink responsibly and ensure that more supports are in place for those that need them.”
Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Michael Routledge will chair the committee in developing the plan. Representatives from government, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), the Manitoba Hotel Association and the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association will also be involved in the process.
Meetings to develop the strategy will begin this fall.