Right direction after a bad turn

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Better to admit you’re wrong than hide behind a “can’t comment, that’s before the courts.”

The provincial NDP have finally seen the light of day on U-Vints and brewing on-premises. The planned court injunction by NSLC has been dropped and new legislation will be drawn lifting the ban, as announced Thursday after three weeks of putting a couple of small businesses – including New Glasgow’s Water N’ Wine – in legal turmoil.

That's not to mention the unneeded expense for these stores – and government back-flipping suddenly to admit the law is outdated.

It would be hard to argue common sense prevailed – the government had egg on their face. When the NDP unadvisedly drafted a law allowing NSLC strong-arm privilege over private businesses helping customers brew their own, they had no idea it would spark a flashpoint.

While they rightly surmised a small percentage of the population use such services, they didn’t guess the population would recognize the tactic as picking on small businesses.

The government’s take on this issue – and that of NSLC – was sadly out of touch from the start.

The Canadian Press earlier this week carried interviews with some of the players and highlighted salient points.

Terri Mosher, a spokeswoman for NSLC, referred to this as a safety issue – “manufacturing unregulated product in a retail environment.”

Really. Then we’d better have a swat team shut down any cooking sessions involving the public, given the ever-present potential for food contamination.

Mosher also said the corporation was upholding the interests of law-abiding businesses wanting action against U-vints. But that should be strictly a business decision. Stores feeling disadvantaged by one with extra services generally know what they can do.

For the public, it's encouraging. Sometimes a groundswell of support can turn around misbegotten government policy.

The business community described this as another instance of a government bent on regulation and in the face of small business.

Maybe the NDP can do some soul-searching and see where else it’s gone wrong. Hard to say whether it would help them in the next election, but in the meantime, a change of tune might help unstick the brakes on the province’s economy.

Organizations: NDP, Canadian Press

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • Timothy Rhude
    February 02, 2013 - 01:15

    Pinot Noir said it perfect! Three years is not enough time to clean up the mountain of mess created by those that went before. That is why it is imperative not to make foolish decision by voting in another party that will worsen the situation. TheNDP has managed us through the worst recession since the great depression. Not every decision was the correct one but they have done the best in a generation. Anyone who can not see that has been in a coma. Call it what you want but in the end the people spoke and they got what they wanted and yes there is more work to be done. There are two types a people: 1 people who solve problems and 2. Those who just like to complain.

    • johnny smoke
      February 02, 2013 - 09:35

      Really hate to burst your bubble, but this government is about to experiance what Brian Muldoon, Dithers Martin, and Mabou Rodney rightfully received. Maybe from where you sit you are immune to the ground swell of disaffection with this gang of pretenders, however the informed electorate are not. It does not matter if they were in office one, five, or ten years, they have added to the misery of the electorate, they have caved to the public sector unions, they have sucked up to the corporate sector, they have thrown to the wolves the poor ratepayers of N.S.P.I. they are toast, dry burnt toast at that. May they enjoy their time left, may that time be short.

  • Pinot Noir
    February 01, 2013 - 12:48

    I felt compelled to make a comment; first let me say I am happy for Charlie & his staff at Water n Wine and agree that his small business had been bullied by the injunction from NSLC but in all fairness to the party in power they did listen and they conceded, a little tardy possibly but how soon we forget about the parties in power preceding the NDP, same t-shirt just a different color worn by the PC's, Liberals...how soon we throw stones in stead of saying "thank you for listening" because the way I see it all 3 parties take too long to see and listen to the voice of the people and the way I see it today is that the party in power are doing their best to clean up the debris left behind, I am not a die hard for any political party but 3 yrs to tackle the mountain of mess left for them is not time enough. I will watch closely what each candidate has to say and what is believable before making my mark in the box provided next election.

    • Johnny smoke
      February 01, 2013 - 14:53

      Pinot Noir imbibing a bit of your favorite are you? Cleaning up the mess left behind? I do not think so, this mess was created by the very one's who had to clean it up. It sort of reminds me of a person who flatulates in public then looks around at everyones else for the cause of the stink. If you cannot stand up and owe up without being forced then no credit is due, and to bestow credit is a disservice to the one'swho were hounded by this travesty.

  • Hank Spitball
    February 01, 2013 - 08:04

    I'm so thankfull that Nova Scotian's will never have to endure the NDP for another term, if ever again in my lifetime.

  • Johnny smoke
    February 01, 2013 - 08:01

    Lets call a spade a spade here. It is all about revenue, it is all about bonus payments for the movers and shakers at the liquor commission. They both saw a bleeding of their incomes and by George they were not going to stand for that.There was more than egg on the faces of these faceless bureaucrats, and mindless politicians who would go along with anything that their leaders mumbled. One thing is for sure, this is only the begining, next we have to stand up and get rid of the vehicle inspection scam. It is just a licence for garages to print money and H.S.T. revenue for our cash strapped governments of course.