Labour council opposes LDB privatization
The Kamloops and District Labour Council (KDLC) has unanimously passed a motion to condemn and oppose the provincial government’s decision to privatize the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB).
“The KDLC calls upon Premier Christy Clark and Minister Rich Coleman to immediately halt plans to sell off the Liquor Distribution Branch warehouse and distribution system,” said KDLC secretary-treasurer John Hall.
“The warehouse is an integral part of an important public asset that generates almost a billion dollars a year in net income that helps pay for public services like health, education and highways.
“If these LDB operations are privatized, this will cost all of us — prices will go up, selection will go down, crime will go up and long-term revenue will go down,” Hall said.
“The LDB is a profitable, socially responsible operation.”
The KDLC will also be distributing a petition to save the LDB.
“Once it [the LDB warehouse] is sold, there’s no going back,” Hall said.
“Its sale would be an irredeemable loss for the people of British Columbia.”