A new report says the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation will save the province an estimated $3 million annually.

“In Budget 2012, the merger of these two crown corporations was announced as a responsible way to reduce administrative spending, cut red tape and improve service for Manitobans,” said Minister Dave Chomiak.  “Our balanced approach is working and with this report and set of recommendations, we have a way forward that will get results.”

The savings will be made up after the elimination of executive and senior management positions, combining vendor services and a general reduction in everyday costs, says the report, which was prepared by consulting firm MNP.

The new Crown corporation will be called Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and the agency responsible for it will be called the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.

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