From the Leader Post:
The managers of government liquor stores in Biggar and La Loche have been fired and the RCMP has been called in to investigate $247,000 in financial irregularities, the province announced Tuesday.
The two unrelated cases raise the number of major incidents of financial misappropriation within government over the last year to four and the total amount at stake to over $1.75 million.
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority spokesperson Stephanie Choma said she could not provide details such as the nature of the irregularities since the cases are under criminal investigation and have been referred to the provincial auditor.
There are so many reasons for taxpayers to be concerned about this issue, and so many reasons to be angry. First off, the provincial auditor warned in no fewer than two reports that Sask liquor stores had improper financial controls and the government ignored him. But this isn't the first time the auditor's concerns have been ignored.
For several years the auditor warned of possible fraud in the welfare department. Lo and behold, taxpayers learn they are out hundreds of thousands of dollars. The auditor has repeatedly warned about the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and problems continue.
Last but not least, it's time to privatize government liquor stores. The CTF has submitted recommendations to government that would create new businesses, lower liquor prices, provide better selection and service AND save taxpayers $8 million a year.
We commissioned Sigma Analytics to poll Saskatchewan residents on liquor privatization and the results were surprising to many (but not to us). It was about as big a sample you can get in Saskatchewan (1500). 72 per cent of respondents said that government should have NO role whatsoever in the liquor business, or that the role should be limited to wholesale.
Read the report.