MANITOBANS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN DISCUSSION ON LIQUOR, GAMING REGULATION
– – – Community Engagement Will Help Ensure Smooth Transition: Chomiak
Manitobans will be asked for their ideas on how to reduce red tape, improve consumer choice, and enhance public safety and social responsibility in the areas of liquor and gaming, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for gaming, announced today.
“In Budget 2012, we committed to merging the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, cutting red tape, protecting customer service and reducing administrative spending,” said Chomiak. “We are looking for the public’s input on how best to modernize and integrate liquor and gaming regulation to enhance services, and build on social responsibility and public safety initiatives.”
The minister noted a key component of this merger is bringing liquor and gaming regulation under one roof. This is currently overseen by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission.
The minister also announced that James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview, has been appointed by the province to lead the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee.
Public consultations will be held in the following six communities across Manitoba:
Arborg, Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
Thompson, Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
The Pas, Thursday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m.;
Brandon, Monday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.;
Winkler, Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.; and
Winnipeg, Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Those wishing to attend the consultations and make presentations are reminded to register in advance with the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee by phone at 204-954-9452 or 1-800-782-0363 ext. 452 (toll-free) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manitoba Lotteries, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission will continue to operate as they do now until the merger is completed.