A few months ago Coun. Walsh mounted a charge to keep liquor out of grocery stores. One of his concerns was allowing only BC wines on the shelves would bring down the wrath of the Americans. As Denis tried to point out, allowing B.C. wines was only the thin edge of the sword. Soon it would be anything goes. Something about annoying free trade agreements.
For his efforts his follow councilors turn their backs on him, the wine industry painted him as being anti British Columbian and the public ridicule him. What did this guy know? Turns out he knew quite a bit. As CBC News reported:
“California wine lobby group says U.S. to file complaint over B.C. liquor reforms”
Did anyone really think the Americans and the rest of Canada for that matter would stand by and allow B.C. to restrict outsider access to the booze market?
Wish more of our elected folk had Denis’s foresight!