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BC Premier's By-election is Wine Industry Riding

BC's Premier Christy Clark announced yesterday that the MLA for Kelowna Westside, Ben Stewart (whose family owns Quails Gate Winery), has stepped aside to allow the Premier to run in his riding. The by-election will be called shortly and will likely be held in early to mid-July. This decision bodes well for the BC wine industry because the Premier will then represent a wine industry riding in the Okanagan ... and wine industry issues will be at the heart of her constituency. In related news, CBC Kelowna is reporting this morning that Ben Stewart has said that he will now also lobby the Premier to modernize BC's liquor laws.