Minister Maureen MacDonald, has the choice to exercise ministerial discretion over this matter. She is not obligated to intervene, but as a senior member of government, it is her responsibility to act in a fair and reasonable manner. She can choose to consider just the regulations and ignore the inherent conflict of interest that exists in having the NSLC be both monopoly retailer and market regulator.
The Premier and all his Ministers can choose to consider the impact this has on three businesses that have been charged and how the business environment in the province is affected.
Should the Minister and Premier decide to act, versus sit this out to see what happens in a court next Monday, there are things they can do.
- Have the NSLC withdraw their application to the court;
- Have the NSLC cease any further legal action against u-vint operators until such time as the regulations and role of the NSLC in enforcement has been reviewed;
- Order a review of the legislation and regulations in light of both public policy interests and public opinion. Work with industry participants, NSLC management and government representatives to establish clear rules and practises for the operation of u-vint services in Nova Scotia.