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Vancouver Sun: Timing is Everything for Changes to Liquor Distribution System in B.C

July 12, 2012


From Vancouver Sun:

Later this month the B.C. Liberals are scheduled to announce the short list of prospective bidders for a 10-year deal to take over the monopoly on liquor distribution in the province.

The long list, announced earlier this week, has six names, all major firms in the goods distribution business, some with political connections that invite suspicion.

No more than three will proceed to the next stage, the cut to be determined on July 20 by a team of public servants awarding points for experience, capability, proposals for improving the sys-tem, relationships with stake-holders, and the benefits (financial and otherwise) that will flow over the life of the contract.

The following three months will be given over to a second round of vetting. Proponents will have a chance to hone their bids by eliminating weaknesses and upping the benefits that will flow to consumers, retailers and the treasury.

Those on the short-list will then be rated a second time, with most of the points awarded for the improvements in the distribution system and the financial model and pricing. The top-ranked submission, deemed the selected proponent, will be announced on Oct. 16.

Mindful of the growing controversy over this latest privatization scheme, I would note how the mid-October dating will mark the ninth anniversary of the Liberals deciding to designate CN Rail as the selected proponent for acquiring BC Rail. But I digress.

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