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Manitoba NDP want to stop expanded private liquor sales, review private cannabis

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s plan to expand private sales of liquor is on hold, and its private retail system for cannabis may come under review after an upcoming election.

The Opposition New Democrats said Monday they will use procedural rules in the legislature to delay passage of two liquor bills beyond the summer break. And with an election scheduled for Oct. 3, the bills are almost certain not to pass before Manitobans go to the polls.

“What we don’t want is people being able to pick up a bottle of vodka at the 7-Eleven at two in the morning, or having to deal with that when they take their kids there for a Slurpee after school,” said Lisa Naylor, NDP critic for liquor and lotteries.

One of the bills would pave the way for a pilot project in which liquor would be available in more retail environments such

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