Here in Nova Scotia, it's all run by the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission
..... AKA: NSLC.
I personally don't have an issue who sells the drugs to the community, if it's available and at a reasonable price, who cares?
If you want to complain about the "Free Market" for alcohol.... I'd hate to hear what you have to say about the "Free Market" for tobacco.
"Oh but tobacco kills."
So does alcohol..... and these things that kill us are all regulated by our precious government in order to gain taxes from our deaths and addictions.
Allowing other types of stores to sell alcohol isn't going to affect the prices all that much, anymore then they do being operated by the government..... as they will still have the costs for the producers added on, the taxes the government wants off your purchases, and actually, if alcohol was sold in stores, then those mom & pops would have to add on their own price increase for their own profit margins, so there's no real benifit one way or another, and chances are, those bottles of your favorite beverage would cost more.
Think about how the prices change from store to store when it comes to buying smokes.... I can goto a smoke shop in the local gerocery store and pay $8 a pack, and then goto a gas station, buy the same pack, and it'll rack up to $11.50 to $12 a pack..... depending on where you go.
Quite honestly I don't see it broke enough to be fixed at this point in time.