WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries are cancelling plans for a new, $75 million head office downtown.
This follows a review launched by the organization, under a new board appointed by the PC government.
The review has found there’s no need for the new office and there were worries about costs going up.
Liquor and Lotteries announced plans last year to move into the Medical Arts Building.
Board chair Polly Craik tells 680 CJOB now they’ll have to sell the downtown hi-rise.
“We don’t know what the price tag is at this point,” says Craik. “But we do sincerely think that we will be able to recoup the investment that we made based on the purchase price that we had and the additional money that has been spent to date.”
That plan was launched under the previous board and the old NDP government.
NDP critic Ted Marcelino describes the move as “pure politics” and says the board didn’t have the time to consider their decision seriously.