Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Cabinet Minister Shrugs off Halifax Mayor's Criticism over Binge Drinking

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Cabinet Minister Shrugs off Halifax Mayor's Criticism over Binge Drinking

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N.S. minister shrugs off mayor's criticism

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HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia cabinet minister says Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is wrong to suggest the province isn't doing enough to curb binge drinking in the city's bar district.

John MacDonell, the minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act, said Kelly's recent accusation rings hollow because he failed to back it up with any facts.

"Unless he has some numbers to back up what he's saying, I don't know where he's coming from," he said Thursday after a cabinet meeting.

Earlier this week, Kelly issued a statement saying too many people are showing up drunk at bars, where they are served more alcohol -- a violation of the Liquor Control Act.

"I'm talking about the unfortunate tendency of some people to come downtown to binge-drink and cause trouble and the unwillingness on the part of the province and bar owners to nip this situation in the bud, before it spreads," he said.

He said he wants the minister and bar owners to do more to enforce the law. …

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