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GN should step up enforcement of court-ordered restrictions on alcohol, Arreak-Lightstone says

Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo During its first week of operations, Iqaluit's beer and wine store saw line-ups with waits of an hour or more for customers. In four days of operation, the store sold $100,000 of beer and wine.

The Department of Justice and the Nunavut Liquor Commission (NULC) should be working together to prevent Nunavummiut with court-ordered restrictions on possessing and consuming alcohol from buying liquor at the beer and wine store or ordering through a liquor permit, says Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone.

Those with court-ordered restrictions on possessing and consuming alcohol shouldn't be able to purchase liquor at Iqaluit's beer and wine store or via a liquor permit, says Iqaluit Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone. He says the GN can do a better job of preventing this. NNSL file photo

He asked Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak on Wednesday to ensure that her department's administrators forward details on liquor prohibitions against individuals to the NULC.

"I can’t commit at this time, but I will certainly look into it," Ehaloak replied.

Arreak-Lightstone, who raised the issue previously, said he's "very disappointed" by the GN's responses to date.

"What I and many others have been saying is that when a court imposes conditions on an
individual concerning their ability to possess or consume alcohol, our government should
not undermine those conditions by continuing to sell alcohol to the individual at the beer
and wine store or allowing them to legally purchase a liquor import permit," he said.

He then asked Ehaloak to commit to working with the minister responsible for the
NULC to ensure that the GN does its part to support court-ordered restrictions on alcohol.

Again Ehaloak refused to commit, but she said she's willing to broach the issue with her fellow minister.

"I’m sure Minister (George) Hickes would be willing to have a discussion with me," she said.

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