The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that’ll allow the hiring of minors to keep booze and cannabis out of the hands of other underage Manitobans.

The bill will allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) to hire youth as part of their enforcement activities. The ‘minor agents’ would attempt to purchase regulated products and allow the LGCA to monitor licensees’ compliance with prohibitions on under-age sales.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen made the announcement saying the government is committed to protecting Manitobans.

“With some children not in school and regular after-school activities disrupted, it is even more critical to ensure that age-restricted products like cannabis and liquor do not fall into the hands of young people.”

Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says the idea is ridiculous and it would be a big waste of money.

In addition, the legislation allows the LGCA to establish clear requirements for third-party delivery companies, shifting the liability for safe service and delivery of these regulated products to those who deliver the products and not the company with the initial licence.

The amendments to the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act will also remove the requirements for those who provide liquor samples at retail liquor stores, to register with the LGCA.